What are the new CEMFAW Regulations?
Where do CEMFAW Regulations Come from?
The EU directive 2013/35/EU on the health & safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks of electromagnetic fields was transposed into UK law and became “The Control of Electronic Fields at Work Regulations” or CEMFAW for short.
The HSE website has a good introduction of electromagnetic fields, Click Here for details, along with A Guide on how employers should meet their duties under these new regulations. The EU has also published a helpful Guide for SMEs.
Who is Affected?
Electromagnetic radiation exists all around us and whilst the levels of EMF we experience in daily life may not cause any harm, exposure at certain levels may be harmful. As such, the UK government imposed legal limits for exposure, to protect employees and prevent injury in the workplace. This new UK Regulation was introduced in 2016 that came into force on the 1st July.
Primarily, the aim is to introduce "... more appropriate and proportionate measures to protect workers from the risks associated with EMF..."As electromagnetic radiation is harmful to people at certain levels, the UK government imposed legal limits for occupational (the Control of Electromagnetic Fields At Work Regulations 2016) and public (EC Council Recommendation 1999) exposure.
The regulations also introduce the requirement to identify workers at particular risk. This includes workers who wear active or passive implanted medical devices (such as a heart pacemaker) body worn medical devices (such as an insulin pump) plus pregnant mothers.
Why must I Comply?
Primarily, it is your obligation to comply with the latest Health and Safety law. In addition it may be the case that your Company’s employee liability insurance is invalidated should an employee claim be made and you cannot demonstrate compliance. In short, this directive cannot be overlooked. Employees must deal with it.
Click Here to find out how Aspen can Help You Comply.