new Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Directive 2013/35/EU in effect 1st July 2016 and is now UK law in statutory Instrument no.588 - York EMC Services Ltd

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New EMF Directive now in force

11th Aug 2016

New EMF Directive now in force

The Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations (SI 2016 No 588) are now in force.

The new Regulations transpose the EMF Directive 2013/35/EU into UK law. They were published in May 2016, and came into effect on 1st July 2016.

The EMF Directive specifically lays out the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (electromagnetic fields). Organisations affected by this legislation now need to hold evidence of compliance with the legal requirements of this Health and Safety Directive.

The Directive is based on exposure limit values and action levels, which are aimed at preventing adverse health effects. It also includes methods and procedures for managing and measuring the human exposure to EMFs in the work place.

For those working in the Rail industry, GLGN1620, published by the RSSB, provides specific guidance for applying these regulations in the rail sector.

Unsure of the levels of EMFs in your workplace?

York EMC Services offers EMF site-surveys against the requirements of 2013/35/EU. For more information contact us or call our York office.

Why use us?

  • We only use calibrated field probes that are applicable to the latest regulatory requirements and limits set out by the UK government
  • We hold ISO 9001 quality system accreditation for our consultancy services (which EMF surveys and reports fall under), meaning that all of our reports are checked and approved by qualified employees
  • Our EMF site-survey engineers are educated to doctoral level and have extensive knowledge of both the legislative side of EMF and the practical implementation of the legislation
  • Each survey includes a detailed breakdown of the results and comparison with the applicable ICNIRP limits, a verbal debrief and a detailed report

EMF Directive Training Course

Our one-day course entitled "The EMF Directive Explained" provides an overview of 2013/35/EU, covering the effects of human exposure to EMFs, the ICNIRP guidelines and European legislation.  It also covers standards and processes for managing, measuring and reducing exposures to fields where necessary.

Key subjects covered include:

  • Potential sources of EMFs
  • Health effects of human exposure to EMFs
  • Guidelines and standards providing safe exposure limits
  • European legislation
  • NATO measurements (STANAG 2345)
  • Measurement and management standards and processes

For more information click here. To request a course syllabus or contact our training department e-mail

All of our training courses count towards the continuing professional development (CPD) of chartered engineers, or those working towards their chartered status with professional institutions such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET); of which YES is an academic partner.


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