The Directive 2013/35/EU lays down the minimum safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to risks arising from electromagnetic fields (EMF). This practical guide has been prepared to assist employers, particularly small to medium sized enterprises, to understand what they will need to do to comply with the Directive. However, it may also be useful for workers, workers representations and regulatory authorities in Member States. It consists of two volumes and a specific guide for SMEs.
The practical guide volume 1 provides advice on carrying out risk assessment and further advice on the options that may be available where employers need to implement additional protective or preventive measures.
Volume 2 presents twelve case studies that show employers how to approach assessments and illustrate some of the preventive and protective measures that might be selected and implemented. The case studies are presented in the context of generic workplaces, but were compiled from real work situations.
The guide for SMEs will assist you to carry out an initial assessment of the risks from EMF in your workplace. Based on the outcome of this assessment, it will help you decide whether you need to take any further action as a result of the EMF Directive. This publication will be available in electronic format in all EU official languages.
The HazChem@Work project commissioned by DG Employment aimed at creating a database and developing a model to estimate the occupational exposure for a list of hazardous chemicals in EU countries and in the EFTA/EEA countries.
Crystalline silica is a mineral naturally abundant and a component of materials used in a wide variety of industries. However, prolonged inhalation of respirable crystalline silica may cause a specific type of lung damage. A multi-sectoral agreement bringing together social partners from 14 sectors was signed in 2006 to protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica, minimise the exposure through good practices and increasing the knowledge about potential health effects. This study provides an assessment of the implementation and impact of the agreement.
This report presents the results of a study analysing whether Directive 91/533/EC on an employer's obligation to inform employees of the conditions applicable to the contract or employment relationship, is still fit for purpose and whether associated costs and burdens are minimised. This exercise was carried out in the context of the European Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme (REFIT) which aims to make EU law lighter, simpler and less costly.
This guide is designed to help you understand how the work you carry out may be affected by the EMF Directive. It is not legally binding and does not provide an interpretation of specific legal requirements that you may have to comply with. It should therefore be read in conjunction with the EMF Directive, the Framework Directive (89/391/EEC) and relevant national legislation. This guide is designed so that employers who are already compliant will be able to establish the risks quickly.
More detailed information, including on exposure assessment and preventive measures, can be found in the comprehensive non-binding guide to good practice for implementing Directive 2013/35/EU.
This publication is available in electronic and printed format in all EU official languages.