Method to Assess Magnetic Fields From Welding Against the EU-Directive on Electromagnetic Fields
Paper in proceeding, 2014

The EU Directive 2013/35/EU, which will be enforced in all member states July 1st 2016, requires that companies carry out a risk assessment for workers exposure to Electromagnetic fields (EMF). EMF:s are created by electric voltages and currents. Large current are used in welding, which gives rise to high magnetic fields, this means that the worker exposure has to be assessed against the limits. The exposure limit values are expressed as the induced electric field strength in the human body. The induced electric field cannot be measured, only calculated in computer simulations. Therefore the directive also gives action levels expressed in the magnetic field strength, which can be measured. The magnetic fields in welding are often not sinusoidal and for that reason, the waveform of the welding current has to be assessed; this can be done using a technique called weighting filters. If the action levels are exceeded, an assessment against the exposure limit values has to be done. An assessment of welding exposure to EMF can be quite complex and costly. To facilitate this assessment, software has been developed in the EU EMFWELD project.


Yngve Hamnerius

Chalmers, Signals and Systems, Signal Processing and Biomedical Engineering

Tomas Nilsson

Chalmers, Signals and Systems

Proceedings of The 8th International Seminar on Advances in Resistance Welding

178 - 187

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology


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