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Analysis of workers exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) from welding and NDT processes, guidelines for risk assessment and development of risk assessment web based application

Objective

The SME association/groupings (SME-AGs) in this transnational consortium wish to develop an interactive web based software application to calculate and assess electromagnetic fields (EMF) exposure in metal fabrication, particularly welding [EMFWELD] and non-destructive testing (NDT). The European fabrication industry is required to ensure that workers exposure to EMF is minimised and below the levels set out by the forthcoming European Commission’s Physical Agents EMF Directive 2004/40/EC. Some welding and NDT processes are high emitters of EMF and yet there is a recognised lack of knowledge in these sectors concerning the sources of EMF and its comparison to set exposure limit values. Without clear guidance and support, SMEs in the fabrication industry will be put at a competitive disadvantage as they incur a heavy and disproportionate financial cost in order to meet the required standards and ensure a safe working environment for their workers. EMFWELD will significantly lower SMEs’ cost of compliance to Directive 2004/40/EC by providing an innovative, economic and easily accessible accurate EMF exposure risk assessment tool. The envisaged software application will however require expertise and extensive research and understanding of welding processes and their associated EMF parameters; EMF exposure health effects, and software development. The SME-AGs of this consortium simply do not have the necessary research capabilities and have therefore engaged leading RTD performers (RTDPs) with world class knowledge in welding processes (TWI) and simulation of EMF health effects (CHALMERS) to develop the EMF concept. In addition to providing decisive cost benefit for the SMEs, EMFWELD will also contribute towards the establishment of new EU standards for the assessment of EMF in metal fabrication industries promoting a safe working environment and benefiting Europe as a whole.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/software development
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING
Address
Av Antoon Van Oss 1 4
1120 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 586 942
Administrative Contact
Luísa Coutinho (Prof.)

Participants (6)

COUNCIL OF EUROPEAN EMPLOYERS OF THE METAL, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY-BASED INDUSTRIES AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 128 587,50
Address
Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80
1030 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Biais (Ms.)
SWANTEC SOFTWARE AND ENGINEERING APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 52 616
Address
Diplomvej 373
2800 Kongens Lyngby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wenqi Zhang (Dr.)
INACEINOX - INDUSTRIA DE EQUIPAMENTOS INOXIDAVEIS SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 21 523
Address
Rua Vale De Pereiras 724
3730 901 Vale De Cambra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valdemiro Barbosa (Mr.)
LINK MICROTEK LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 25 460
Address
Church Street High Point
RG21 3HQ Basingstoke
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jeff Hinsley (Mr.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 81 269
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nadine Zimmermann (Ms.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 35 602,50
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lena Röxner (Ms.)