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The Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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2.—(1) In these Regulations—

“AL” means an action level set out in Parts 2 and 3 of Schedule 1;

“designated area” means any area designated by Order under section 1(7) of the Continental Shelf Act 1964(1) and “within a designated area” includes over and under it;

“direct biophysical effect” means an effect on human body tissue caused by its presence in an electromagnetic field;

“electromagnetic field” means a static electric, static magnetic and time-varying electric, magnetic and electromagnetic field with a frequency of up to 300 GHz;

“ELV” means an exposure limit value set out in Part 2 of Schedule 1;

“employee at particular risk” means—

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an employee who has declared to his or her employer a condition which may lead to a higher susceptibility to the potential effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields; or

(b)

an employee who works in close proximity to electro-explosive devices, explosive materials or flammable atmospheres;

“the Executive” means the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland;

“health effect” means a direct biophysical effect which is potentially harmful to human health;

“indirect effect” means an effect, caused by the presence of an object or a substance in an electromagnetic field, which may present a safety or health hazard;

“sensory effect” means a direct biophysical effect involving a transient disturbance in sensory perception or a minor and temporary change in brain function; and

“territorial sea” means the territorial sea of the United Kingdom adjacent to Northern Ireland and “within the territorial sea” includes on, over and under it.

(2) In these Regulations a reference to employees is, in relation to an employer, to be treated as a reference to the employees of that employer while they are at work.

(1)

1964 c. 29; section 1 was amended by the Oil and Gas (Enterprise) Act 1982 (1982 c. 23), Schedule 3, paragraph 1 and by the Energy Act 2011 (c. 16), section 103

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