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The Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Directive

Background

On June 29th, 2013, the European Commission repealed Directive 2004/40/EC and  published Directive 2013/35/EU on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (electromagnetic fields) (20th individual Directive within the meaning of Article 13(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC). The directive can be viewed online.

The final text of the Directive is largely well balanced and proportionate, and offers a framework within which Member States, including the UK can continue to protect their workers.

Member States have been given 3 years, up to 1st July 2016, to transpose the Directive.

Current information

Additional background information and progress on the transposition of the  Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Directive in the UK can accessed via HSE’s Euronews site.

For more general information on electromagnetic fields, please see the non-ionising FAQs page.

Useful links

Updated 2016-07-01