The European fabrication industry is required to ensure that workers exposure to EMF (Electro Magnetic Fields) is below the levels set out by the forthcoming European Commission’s Physical Agents EMF Directive.
Some welding and non destructive testng processes are high emitters of magnetic fields and yet there is a recognised lack of knowledge in these sectors concerning the sources of EMF and its comparison to set exposure limit values.
Without clear guidance and support, SMEs in the fabrication industry will be put at a competitive disadvantage as they incur a heavy and disproportionate financial cost in order to meet the required standards and ensure a safe working environment for their workers. EMFWELD will significantly lower SMEs’ cost of compliance to the newly proposed EMF Directive by providing an innovative, economic and easily accessible accurate EMF exposure risk assessment tool. The envisaged software application will however require expertise and extensive research and understanding of welding processes and their associated EMF parameters; EMF exposure health effects, and software development. The SME-AGs of this consortium simply do not have the necessary research capabilities and have therefore engaged leading RTD performers (RTDPs) with world class knowledge in welding processes (TWI) and simulation of EMF health effects (CHALMERS) to develop the EMF concept. In addition to providing decisive cost benefit for the SMEs, EMFWELD will also contribute towards the establishment of new EU standards for the assessment of EMF in metal fabrication industries promoting a safe working environment and benefiting Europe as a whole.
The goal of the project is to increase knowledge and understanding of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) in welding and magnetic particle inspection (MT) processes; its sources and assessment of exposure.
The EMFWELD project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA-Research Executive Agency (FP7-SME-2012) under grant agreement no. 315382.
This is a EU-project with the following Consortium Partners:
EWF European Federation For Welding Joining And Cutting
CEEMET Council Of European Employers Of The Metal, Engineering And Technology
Link Microtek Ltd