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Guidance note: Risk management of workers with medical electronic devices and metallic implants in electromagnetic fields.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Radiation Physics.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, ISSN 1080-3548, Vol. 14, no 2, 217-222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Medical electronic devices and metallic implants are found in an increasing number of workers. Industrialapplications requiring intense electromagnetic fields (EMF) are growing and the potential risk of injuriousinteractions arising from EMF affecting devices or implants needs to be managed. Potential interactionsinclude electromagnetic interference, displacement, and electrostimulation or heating of adjacent tissue,depending on the device or implant and the frequency of the fields. A guidance note, which uses a riskmanagement framework, has been developed to give generic advice in (a) risk identification—implementingprocedures to identify workers with implants and to characterise EMF exposure within a workplace; (b) riskassessment—integrating the characteristics of devices, the anatomical localisation of implants, occupationalhygiene data, and application of basic physics principles; and (c) risk control—advising the worker andemployer regarding safety and any necessary changes to work practices, while observing privacy.

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Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute , 2008. Vol. 14, no 2, 217-222 p.
Keyword [en]
magnetic fields, microwave, interaction, pacemaker, artificial joint
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46150OAI: diva2:437120
Available from: 2011-08-26 Created: 2011-08-26 Last updated: 2011-08-29Bibliographically approved

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