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EMF Safety: Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Safety for Industrial Workplace

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This course is available as an in-house training course, please contact us for details.

Electromagnetic field (EMF) safety of workplaces and products are two safety responsibilities applying to a wide range of employers and manufacturers for protection of the health of employees and the general public. Workplaces are subject to health and safety regulation such as the introduction of the EU Physical Agents Directive for EMF, 2013/35/EU. Electrical products must comply with essential health and safety requirements before placing them on the market and are regulated in the EU under CE marking Directives with specific standards for EMF safety.

The topic of EMF safety is explained on this course together with its regulation, management and assessment with practical measurement examples. It applies to industries including communications, radar, industrial processing, medicine and other fields.


  • Electromagnetic Fields (EMF): The nature of electromagnetic fields, the electromagnetic spectrum and the distinction between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. The units used in measuring field strength and power density. The effect of waveshape and modulation.
  • EMF Effects on the Human Body: EMF low frequency electro stimulation effects of EMF radiation on the human body. EMF high frequency thermal effects of EMF on the human body. The risk of contact current shock and burns and induced limb current heating. The indirect effects of EMF on medical devices, flammables and Electro Explosive Devices. Research into possible long term effects on people.
  • EMF Regulation: EMF documents; Physical Agents Directive (EMF) 2013/35/EU and guides, general public guidance for Europe 1999/519/EC, UK Regulations S1 2016 No. 588, International ICNIRP, US IEEEC95.1. Basis of EMF exposure; exposure; exposure limit values/basic restrictions and the measurable action/reference levels. Workplace and product EMF standards. Works/persons at particular risk.
  • Workplace EMF Safety Management: Obligations for employers. Risk assessment from initial to detailed assessment in accordance with the Physical Agents Directive (EMF) Practical Guides. Case studies. Preventative and precautionary measures. Health surveillance and medical assistance.
  • Measurement of Thermal Effects: Handheld EMF meters and operation. The use of time averaging and spatial averaging. Dealing with multiple Sources. Personal monitor PPE and area monitors. Current monitor for induced and contact currents. Equipment leakage measurement. Calibration and measurement uncertainty.
  • Measurement of Non-Thermal Effects 0-10MHz: Magnetic field and electric field measurement instruments. Spatial averaging. Contact current. Sources and assessment of EMF for; welding, induction heating and furnaces, electrical power systems, non-destructive testing, magnetizers/demagnetizers, railways. 


  • Understand the nature and properties of electromagnetic fields (EMF) and the difference between ionising and non-ionising radiation.
  • Understand the health effects of EMF on the human body including shocks and burns and indirect hazards to, flammable atmospheres, Electro Explosive Devices (EEDs) and medical implants.
  • To be able to identify and comply with the EU regulation including the EU Physical Agents (EMF) Directive and to perform a risk assessment.
  • Understand the need for exposure limit value restrictions and the permitted electric, magnetic and power density exposure action levels.
  • To be able to select and operate suitable EMF monitoring equipment and perform risk assessment surveys to address both thermal and non-thermal effects of exposure due to intentional transmissions and leakage.


Those involved in the design, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical products and installations producing electromagnetic fields. Safety practitioners from all disciplines; supervisors and managers of people working with EMF in research, medical work and other industries.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Protect employees and the general public from EMF health hazards.
  • Enable compliance with Health and Safety regulation and guidance.
  • Hands on use of measurement instrumentation.



Principal Consultant, TÜV SÜD

This course is presented by Pete Dorey BSc (Hons) CEng MIET of TÜV SÜD. Pete is a Principal Consultant and has worked in electromagnetic disciplines since 1980.


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