Medical implants

Medical implants -alasivu

The employer’s assessment of the health implications of electromagnetic fields must factor in any active medical implants that their employees have in so far as these have been reported to the employer. The table below illustrates the estimated risk of interference to active medical implants in different jobs:

 

Magnitude of the risk of interference from electromagnetic fields

 

Low

Moderate

High

Office worker

 

 

Checkout assistant

 

 

Childminder / Domestic cleaner

 

 

Librarian

 

 

Electric forklift operator

 

 

Train driver

 

 

Commercial kitchen worker (induction hobs)

 

 

Roofer working in the vicinity of base stations

 

 

Microwave glue dryer operator

 

 

Induction heating operator

 

 

Magnetic resonance imaging operator

 

 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) operator

 

 

Electric welder

 

 

Plastic welder

 

 

Surgical diathermic device operator

 

 

Electrolysis plant worker

 

 

Heavy industry worker

 

 

Energy generation and supply worker

 

 

 
Factoring in workers with pacemakers

It is the employer’s duty to carry out an assessment of the impact of electromagnetic fields on the health and safety of their employees and especially any workers who have a pacemaker and who need to operate or work in the vicinity of the following kinds of equipment:

  • demagnetisers
  • welding equipment
  • induction heating equipment
  • metal detectors
  • microwave dryers
  • high-frequency heaters
  • electric generators and motors
  • electrochemical process equipment
  • electric drills and other power tools
  • powerful aerial transmitters
  • powerful static magnets (magnetic resonance imaging equipment), and
  • high-voltage devices.