Electromagnetic Radiation: Health & The Environment

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    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

Who should attend?

  • 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.
  • People from other disciplines who use EMF in research, medical work and other industries.

Course Outcomes​

  • Understand the nature and properties of electromagnetic fields (EMF) and the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing 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 current and future EU regulation including the EU Physical Agents (EMF)
  • Directive and create a workplace EMF safety policy.
  • To be able to identify and comply with current product EU Directives, EMF standards and their assessment methods.

Course Outline

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
  • The thermal effects of EMF radiation on the human body and the coupling variation with frequency
  • The low frequency electrostimulation effects on the human body
  • The risk of electric shock and burns associated with contact currents
  • The indirect effects of EMF on medical devices, flammables and Electro Explosive
EMF Regulations
  • EMF documents; Physical Agents
  • Directive (EMF) 2013/35/EU, general public guidance for Europe levels 1999/519/EC, International ICNIRP, USIEEEC95.1
  • Basis of EMF exposure; exposure limit values/basic restrictions and the measurable action/reference levels
Workplace EMF Safety
  • Safety management & policy and the need for a competent person
  • Risk assessment from initial to detailed assessment
  • Resulting safety controls and zoning
  • Dealing with incidents and medical assistance
  • Other possible exposure hazards
Measurement of Thermal
  • Handheld EMF meters and operation
  • The use of time averaging and spatial averaging
  • Dealing with moving beams and multiple Sources
  • Personal monitor PPE and area monitors
  • Current monitor for induced and contact currents
  • Equipment leakage measurement
  • Calibration and measurement

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Enrolled: 34 students
Duration: 10 hours
Lectures: 4
Video: 9 hours
Level: Advanced


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Monday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday 9:30 am - 5.00 pm
Electromagnetic Radiation: Health & The Environment
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