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Reference EN 50499:2008
Title Procedure for the assessment of the exposure of workers to electromagnetic fields
Project Number 14410
Abstract/Scope The scope of this European Standard is to provide a general procedure in order to assess workers’ exposure to electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields in a work place to demonstrate compliance with exposure limit values and action values as stated in the Council and European Parliament Directive 2004/40/EC. The purpose of this European Standard is to - specify how to perform an initial assessment of the levels of workers' exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF), if necessary including specific exposure assessment of such levels by measurements and/or calculations, - determine whether it is necessary to carry out a detailed risk assessment of EMF exposure. This European Standard can be used by employers for the risk assessment and, where required, measurement and/or calculation of the exposure of workers. Based on specific workplace standards it can be determined whether preventive measures/actions must be taken to comply with the provisions of the Directive. The frequencies covered are from 0 Hz to 300 GHz. NOTE 1 This European Standard is written under Mandate M/351 and relates to the exposure limits as specified in the Directive 2004/40/EC. It is intended to protect workers from risks to their health and safety arising or likely to arise from exposure to electromagnetic fields (0 Hz to 300 GHz) during their work. However, this and other directives may include additional measures for the protection of specific groups of workers and/or specific work places for which the employer is required to investigate other protective measures as a part of the overall risk assessment. See Annex A. NOTE 2 The Council and European Parliament Directive 2004/40/EC will be transposed into national legislation in all the EU member countries. It is recommended that users of this standard consult the national legislation related to this transposition in order to identify the national regulations and requirements. These national regulations and requirements may have additional requirements that are not covered by this standard.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2008-12-05
Current Stage code deadline 2009-11-01
Deadline date for vote 2007-12-01


Directive(s) EMF (2004/40/EC)
Mandate(s) M/351
Order Voucher  


IEC Technical Body  
Reference Document  
ICS 17.240 - Radiation measurements
Keywords Electromagnetic field; Worker; Exposure
Special National Condition(s)  


Categories - Aspects
Product Life Cycle


Deadline Date
6060 2008-12-05 2009-11-01 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
5099 2008-10-21 2009-02-21  
5062 2008-07-01 2008-10-21  
5061 2008-05-28 2008-07-01  
5060 2008-03-31 2008-04-30 export to doc file  EN
5020 2008-02-01 2008-03-28 export to doc file  EN
4099 2007-03-28 2008-02-19  
4060 2007-03-21 2007-04-28 export to doc file  EN
4020 2006-10-13 2007-03-16 export to doc file  EN
3099 2006-06-28 2006-11-04  
2091 2004-11-30 2006-01-31  
2091 2003-04-10 2004-12-07  
2020 2002-04-23 2002-10-30  
2020 2001-04-06 2001-09-01  
1000 2001-03-06 2001-09-06  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2008-10-21
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2008-12-05
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2009-05-01
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2009-11-01
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2011-11-01


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(4) Date of publication (dop) latest date by which an EN has to be implemented at national level by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement

(5) Date of withdrawal (dow) latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn

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