A trade union safety representative has stated that due to the presence of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the office, we should be undertaking a risk assessment on an employee who has a pacemaker. Is this the case?

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A trade union safety representative has stated that due to the presence of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in the office, we should be undertaking a risk assessment on an employee who has a pacemaker. Is this the case?

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Whenever a piece of electrical equipment is used in the office, an EMF will be produced. Depending on the frequency range and intensity, an EMF can give rise to effects that may be irritating or unpleasant including nausea and vertigo.

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