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Health and Safety Law

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20 AUG 2016

Electromagnetic fields

Electromagnetic fields
The Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016 have been published and came into force on 1 July 2016.

The main requirements of the Regulations are:

  1. All employers must ensure that, except in circumstances prescribed by the Regulations or where permitted under an exemption issued by the Executive, employees are not exposed to electromagnetic field levels in excess of prescribed exposure limits (reg 4(1)). These limits are contained in Part 2 of the Schedule.
  2. All employees must assess the levels of electromagnetic fields to which their employees may be exposed (reg 5(1)).
  3. All employees must, except in the circumstances prescribed by reg 6:
    • make and implement an action plan to reduce exposure levels (reg 7(1)); and
    • assess the risks posed to employees by their exposure to electromagnetic fields (reg 8(1)).
  4. Where employers are required to assess the risks of exposure to electromagnetic fields, they must:
    • ensure that any risks identified in that assessment are eliminated or reduced to a minimum (reg 9(1)); and
    • provide information and training to employees likely to be subjected to the risks identified in that assessment (reg 10).
  5. All employees must, in the circumstances prescribed by reg 11(1), ensure that health surveillance and medical examinations are provided as appropriate.
The legislation can be downloaded from here. The HSE has previously issued a response to its consultation document on the proposed Regulations, which can be viewed on the HSE website.
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