Electromagnetic field

Electromagnetic field

In 2012, a new EU directive governing health and safety requirements regarding exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) came into effect. This directive entails that an employer must be able to prove that the workplace meets the new requirements. A similar directive was previously in effect, but the new directive includes a frequency range between 0 - 3 MHz. The new requirements of 2012 will cover the range between 0 - 300 GHz.

We can provide complete service to prove compliance with the stated limit values* in accordance with the EU directive. We can determine and, if necessary, measure or calculate the workers exposure to electromagnetic fields. If the exposure action values are exceeded, we can determine and (by use of numerical simulations) decide if the exposure limit values have been exceeded, if necessary. If the exposure limit values have been exceeded we can, in consultation with the employee, decide upon and implement an action plan to prevent further overexposure. Our resources include measuring equipment and advanced analysis tools for complex environments and SAR measurement within the human body.


* The exposure limit values are intended to protect against acute immediate exposures effect caused by massive exposure to electromagnetic fields. The EU directive does not include long-term effects, including possible cancer, as there is no conclusive scientific proof of a causal connection between electromagnetic fields and long term health effects. As the stated limit values are quantities that cannot be measured, they have been specified in the form of measurable exposure action values. Conformance with these values indicates compliance with the relevant limit values. If the exposure action values are exceeded, the employer must determine and, if possible, calculate if the exposure limit values have been exceeded.