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EU Directive on Electromagnetic Fields

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Changes as of 1 July 2016 - Implementation in national law

Changes as of 1 July 2016 - Implementation in national law

The EU member states are required to implement EU occupational health & safety directive 2013/35/EU on electromagnetic fields in national law no later than 1 July 2016. Directive 2013/35/EU defines minimum regulations for the protection of the health & safety of employees from hazards presented by electromagnetic fields (EMF), thereby avoiding unnecessary burdens and costs – especially for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Even if the electrical or electromagnetic fields at most workplaces subject to EMF are so low that no measures are necessary, employees at particular risk (such as those wearing implants) must always be given due attention. At workplaces with strong EM fields (e.g. welding, magnetic resonance therapy), a hazard assessment and record-keeping is necessary, and suitable protective measures must be taken. EU member states specifically have until 1 July 2016 to implement this. In the course of the implementation, the accident prevention regulation DGUV regulation 15 and the associated DGUV rule 103-013 will be abolished by government decree and a set of technical rules to define specific terms.

About FBDi e.V.

About FBDI e.V.:

The FBDi e.V. – Fachverband der Bauelemente Distribution e.V. (Professional Association of Component Distribution), founded in 2003, is well-established in the German association community and represents a large portion of distributors of electronic components with operations in Germany. In addition to the preparation and advancement of numerical data and statistics concerning the German distribution market for electronic components, work group engagement and reporting on important industry themes (amongst others, education, liability and rights, traceability, and environmental themes) form essential pillars of the association’s work. The FBDi is a member of the International Distribution of Electronics Association (IDEA).


Member companies (as of June 2016):

Acal BFi Germany, Arrow Central Europe, Avnet EMG EMEA (Avnet Abacus, Avnet Silica, EBV, MSC Technologies), Beck Elektronische Bauelemente, CODICO, Conrad Electronic SE, ECOMAL Europe, Endrich Bauelemente, EVE, Farnell, Future Electronics Deutschland, Haug Components Holding, Glyn, Hy-Line Holding, JIT electronic, Kruse Electronic Components, MB Electronic, Memphis Electronic, MEV Elektronik Service, Mouser Electronics, pk components, RS Components, Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente, Schukat electronic, Distrelec Schuricht, SHC, TTI Europe.

Supporting members: elotronics, Amphenol FCI, TDK Europe

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