[EU] New Guide on the assessment of risks related to electromagnetic fields in working life

In a press release issued on 26 February 2015, the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) announced the publication of a Guide presenting an overview of occupational exposure to electromagnetic field according to frequency.

Understanding minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers

The Guide also allows understanding the new Directive No 2013/35/EU of 26 June 2013 on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (electromagnetic fields), which must be transposed no later than 1 July 2016.

Focus on risk assessment and exposure determination  to improve safety & health at work

The new Guide focuses on :

  • certain occupations,
  • risk assessment,
  • the determination of exposure, which has to be done according to Directive 89/391/EEC of 12 June 1989 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work.

Reminder on occupational Health & Safety directives

As a reminder, the answer of the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion to a parliamentary question concerning the issue of healthcare professionals’ exposure to hazardous drugs and chemicals was published in the OJEU C 346 of 2 October 2014.

The Commissioner pointed out that a detailed evaluation of the practical implementation of 24 occupational safety and health Directives in the Member States is currently carried out by the European Commission (EC).

The EC will then decide if any further legislative initiatives on health and safety are necessary, based on the findings of the evaluation which will be made available by the end of 2015.

Red-on-line EHS Legal specialist