EMF Regulations

Exposure to EMFs can harm employees.

Compliance with the Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016 (CEMFAW) protects your workers from EMF exposure. If you have five or more employees, the EMF Regulations require you to complete a risk assessment. But, there are many field sources in the workplace, so EMF assessments are complex. We can do this EMF assessment for you. Providing the UK’s leading EMF health and safety services is our business. Do you need to assess EMF in the workplace? Do you require a survey of EMF limits for your development? Do you need an EMF risk assessment for your equipment? If so, our award-winning chartered experts deliver the solution to your compliance problems. For more details, get in touch.


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The Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016

UK organisations with five or more employees need to complete an EMF risk assessment. This is a statutory requirement, and in line with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

We know that safety is your highest priority. Like you, we believe that no one should be injured or made ill through their work. Exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) can cause adverse health effects. You need to know how workers’ exposure compares with EMF limits. Then, you can be sure that your organisation has at least met the minimum requirements.

Working environments or equipment that may generate significant electromagnetic fields include electrical switchrooms, transformers, motors, cables carrying significant currents, magnets, welding, charging cables, induction heating or radiofrequency field (RF) transmitting equipment. It is important for these to demonstrate compliance with the Electromagnetic Field at Work Regulations 2016 (Statutory Instrument 2016 No. 588). EMFs at work can interfere with medical devices, causing significant problems. Hence, special considerations exist for workers with metal implants, pacemakers, ICDs, and pregnant workers (classified as ‘workers at particular risk’).


Examples of sectors, as defined in the EMF Regulations guidance, that should assess EMF safety limits include Industrial (electrical switchrooms, transformers, plant rooms, electrical motors, cables carrying significant currents, magnets, charging cables, induction heating, demagnetisers, NDT, MPI, induction furnaces, electric welding, antennas), Telecommunications (radio and TV transmitters, base stations, antenna arrays), Medical (MRI, electrosurgery, diathermy and transcranial stimulation), Energy (substations, switchrooms, overhead conductors, generators and transformers), and Research (R&D development equipment). Other relevant sectors for the EMF at Work Regulations include Construction, Defence, IT, along with Oil and Gas processing etc.

A good partnership between you and your EMF consultant will capitalise on your sector knowledge and our expertise. EMFcomp comprises of a small team of experts. This allows you to benefit from services customised to your needs. You will also enjoy direct access to our hands-on specialists.

What We Do

EMFcomp specialises in quality EMF assessments for compliance with the electromagnetic field legislation. Utilising our in-depth knowledge and decades of experience, we help with EMF radiation regulations. We also provide action plans to achieve compliance in a cost-effective way. Our chartered experts can survey any size of facility. We provide detailed reports to the highest possible standards. So, you can be certain that your facility or project complies with electromagnetic field regulations.

Non-compliance with the EMF Regulations and HSG281 can result in reputation damage, reduced employee morale and expenses due to sick pay, higher insurance premiums and fines. The average health and safety fine in 2018/19 was £150,000 against a backdrop of £54.5 million worth of fines imposed. This does not have to happen. EMFcomp have completed hundreds of non ionising radiation risk assessments in various sectors over the last decade. Following the assessment, we will produce a detailed technical report for you. This will meet your organisation’s legal requirements to comply with the EMF regulations.

We are the UK’s leading electromagnetic field health and safety specialists. Our skilled assessors have worked with some of Europe’s largest companies. Our technical knowledge in electromagnetic radiation regulations assures a workforce. We protect employees from the health and safety risks of non ionising radiation. EMFcomp specialises in quality EMF assessments for compliance with the electromagnetic field legislation.

Decades of Experience

We have completed hundreds of assessments for compliance with HSE electromagnetic laws. With decades of hands-on experience, we help companies follow the Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations. As accredited by SafeContractor and the Society for Radiological Protection, we help with the EMF Regs. EMFcomp commit to reducing the risks associated with non-compliances. We empower you to maintain the highest health and safety standards.

Frequently Asked Questions

01Why Do the EMF Regulations (CEMFAW 2016) Exist?

Electromagnetic fields, produced by any electrical equipment, can be hazardous to workers. Electromagnetic field advice states the adverse health effects range from headaches, nausea, and nerve stimulation for low frequency exposure, to RF burns, heatstroke, and hyperthermia at high frequencies. EMF guidance suggests that, above a certain field level, health problems can and will occur. Additionally, electromagnetic fields have the potential to interfere with a worker’s pacemaker, defibrillator, or other active implanted medical device, EMFs can also heat passive implants in the body such as screws, plates, and rods, and affect pregnant workers. That is why, in electromagnetic regulations, these employees are designated ‘workers at particular risk’. Discover more about this from our qualified experts.

02How Is Compliance with The EMF Regulations Assessed?

Compliance with the limits in the Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations can be achieved by either measurement or calculation of EMF levels. As recommended by EMF guidance, we use calibrated, state-of-the-art measurement equipment that measure to the latest HSE guidance and Action Levels set out in their EMF regulations. We use complex computational methods for our electromagnetic field risk assessment to calculate induced electric fields or SAR in the body, to compare with the Exposure Limit Values in the CEMFAW documentation. The EMF reports we produce following an assessment are in-depth, detailed documents containing information relating the legislation and guidance, methods used, a breakdown of results along with recommendations, action plans and mitigation measures. Our high-quality assessment reports are just one of the reasons why we are an award-winning EMF assessment organisation.


03Who Can Carry Out These CEMFAW Regulation Compliance Assessments?

Only qualified assessors should be used to complete a CEMFAW electromagnetic field risk assessment. for compliance with the EMF Regs. The relevant qualification is the Society for Radiological Protection’s (SRP’s) Chartered Radiation Protection Professional (CRadP).

All EMFcomp assessors are Chartered Radiation Protection Professionals and Members of the Society for Radiological Protection. EMFcomp itself is an Affiliate of the Society of Radiological Protection, and an Alumnus of the European Space Agency BIC. Our Managing Director is involved with many international safety groups and is currently the Chair of the SRP’s EMF & Optical Radiation Safety Committee. We have a huge amount of knowledge and experience in attaining compliance with the EMF regs, having measured EMF levels during hundreds of electromagnetic field assessments.

Our company is the specialist in authoritative EMF safety advice and services. We co-wrote the EU’s Guide on EMF Safety for the European Commission, ‘The Practical Guide to the EMF Directive’. This forms the basis for assessing compliance with EMF in the UK as the electromagnetic regulations were transposed from the EU EMF Directive 2013/35/EU into the HSE electromagnetic fields legislation. The advice, measurement, and modelling services that we provide in electromagnetic safety are based on our results published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Our Founder and Managing Director, Dr Richard Findlay, has published over twenty scientific papers about electromagnetic fields.

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