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The EMF Directive 2013/35/EU - Does It Go Far Enough?

Despite the fact that the EMF Directive has already been published and is due to be transposed into UK law in 2016, arguments continue between interested parties

as to whether the Directive 2013/35/EU goes too far or not far enough.

NEWS EMF Directive: Does It Go Far Enough?

The EMF Directive 2013/35/EU - Does It Go Far Enough?

Some argue that the EMF Directive 2013/35/EU, otherwise known as the Physical Agents Directive (EMF), is another piece of European legislation that hampers the development of EU Member State business. Others say that it is an essential legal basis to protect workers against the very real risks of exposure to electromagnetic fields, and does not go far enough. The current EMF Directive is based on advice from the International Commission of Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and other international agencies. It aims only at the avoidance of thermal effects and electrical stimulation in the human body. Most international ‘authoritative’ bodies agree that this the correct approach. It improves the current situation in which common assessment standards did not exist across Europe. Not only do no such common assessment standards exist, but many countries do not yet even have legislation in this field, Belgium, France and Ireland are cases in point, or have legislation that covers only specific situations. Poland, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany – all of which possess legislation – have preventive rules adopted by the national insurance organisation. The production of the EMF Directive 2013/35/EU is aimed at providing protection, in the form of legislation, for workers exposed to high levels of electromagnetic fields Europe wide. Arguments continue as to whether the EMF Directive goes too far or not far enough. In the first camp are manufacturers saying that limits should be based on ICNIRP guidelines. In the second are experts calling on the Commission to base itself on the ALARA (’As Low As Reasonably Achievable’) principle under which all exposures must be kept at the lowest level reasonably achievable in light of economic and social factors. Dr Richard Findlay EMF Specialist & Director of EMFcomp Limited
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NEWS EMF Directive: Does It Go Far Enough?
NEWS

The EMF Directive

2013/35/EU - Does It Go Far

Enough?

Despite the fact that the EMF

Directive has already been

published and is due to be

transposed into UK law in 2016,

arguments continue between

interested parties as to whether

the Directive 2013/35/EU goes too

far or not far enough.

DR RICHARD FINDLAY
DR RICHARD FINDLAY