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Online tool launched to support workplace electromagnetic field assessments

TWI Ltd (The Welding Institute)176, Great Abington, Cambridge [United Kingdom]
NDT.net Journal
Issue: 2016-06
First-of-its-kind software helps employers meet requirements of imminent EU electromagnetic fields directive

Today, Thursday 12 May, sees the launch of a specialised web-based tool designed to help companies meet the legal requirement of an EU directive governing workers’ exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF).

EMFWELD is a straightforward tool to help companies – particularly small to medium-sized enterprises – meet the requirements of European Directive 2013/35/EU, which becomes legally binding on 1 July 2016.

The Directive requires employers to ensure that their workers are not exposed to high levels of EMF. Overexposure to EMF may cause symptoms including vertigo and nausea, as well as heating of body tissue.

Every company will be required to carry out an EMF assessment, and while no further action will be required for the majority of businesses, those that use equipment operating at high frequency or high current levels may need to conduct more detailed assessments.

This equipment includes that used for processes such as resistance welding, magnetic particle inspection, induction heating and brazing, and some of the main arc welding processes.

EMFWELD presents a simple, cost-effective way of carrying out detailed assessments. Rather than spending several thousand euros purchasing EMF measuring equipment and training staff in its use, or employing a third party consultant to carry out an evaluation, EMFWELD enables employers to satisfy the Directive’s requirements for a fraction of the cost.

The tool provides an uncomplicated way of carrying out a complicated assessment. Complex algorithms are used to generate detailed reports of EMF exposure levels based on simple parameters inputted by a user. As well as providing easily interpretable maps of the magnetic field strength around the welding equipment, each report also lets the user know what action, if any, is required to reduce exposure below the action levels.

EMFWELD assessments take place entirely online, with no software download or installation required. It will run on a desktop computer or tablet, so can be used in the office or on the shop floor. Reports are stored online but can be saved to a user’s computer if desired.

The software is ideal for any business uncertain about how to demonstrate compliance with the Directive. It features in the European Commission’s practical guide to implementing the Directive, available to download for free from the EU Bookshop website.

For more information visit www.emfweld.com.

TWI Ltd (The Welding Institute)

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