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Overview of standards for workers

Overview of standards for workers

ICNIRP guidelines (2010)

In 50 Hz, here are the reference levels for occupational exposure:

  • Magnetic flux density: 1000 µT
  • Electric field: 10 kV/m
  • Contact currents: 1 mA


EU guidelines (2013)

In 50 Hz, here are the action levels (ALs)  for occupational exposure:

  • Magnetic flux density: 1000 µT rms (low ALs), 6000 µT rms (high ALs) and 18 mT rms for exposure of limbs to a localised magnetic field
  • Electric field: 10 kV/m rms (low ALs), 20 kV/m rms (high ALs)
  • Contact currents: 1 mA

The Member States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with the Directive 2013/35/EU no later than 1st July 2016.

See also Non-binding guide to good practice for implementing Directive 2013/35/EU Electromagnetic Fields (EU Commission)


Around the world

Here is a comparison of international policies on electromagnetic fields made by Rianne Stam of the Laboratory for Radiation Research in the Netherlands.

With the following links you will also find further information on Standards and Guidelines around the world:

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