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Electromagnetic machinery safety service

24 November 2016

TÜV SÜD Product Service has launched its Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) machinery safety service, which will help both machinery manufacturers and end-users ensure that they comply with the Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations.

The regulations set the minimum health and safety requirements for the exposure of workers to potentially hazardous electromagnetic fields. TÜV SÜD’s new service will include EMF measurements and risk assessments of the machinery environment to ensure compliance against a wide range of legislation and standards, including CE marking, the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

Neil Dyson, business line manager for machinery safety at TÜV SÜD Product Service, said: “Exposure to unsafe levels of EMF can cause a rise in body temperature, burns, shocks and other adverse conditions. It can also affect people indirectly if they wear implantable electronic devices such as heart pacemakers. 

He added: “The Regulations state that a dedicated competent person undertakes a workplace assessment, who must be fully trained in order to deliver against compliance requirements. TÜV SÜD’s new service solves this issue and minimises costs, as our innate expertise means that we can efficiently and effectively measure EMF levels to fully assess the risk represented by a machine, or assembly of machines, in the workplace."