EMFS and Work Place Safety
Written by: Kenneth L. Boston
Everyone in modern society is exposed to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) that exist around all electric or electronic devices. Recently, scientific studies have raised questions about potential health effects of these fields. There is hot debate over the level of exposure that presents a safety risk. In the interim, as this question is examined, various national and international agencies have established workable minimum levels of exposure to EMFs. The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) (www.incirp.de) has taken the lead in this effort over the past decade. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) also is active in monitoring the situation.
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EMF Exposure: Ongoing Studies
Thanks to the efforts of NIOSH and ICNIRP, many experts are working to identify such fields in
the workplace and post warning signs wherever the fields exist. Efforts are also underway to
train workers in dealing with these fields and to evaluate workers’ exposure to EMFs.
LSR has taken an active interest in this area and has performed these field evaluations. We have also been active in helping to write new standards for workplace safety regarding exposure to EMFs.