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Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Radiation

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  • Welcome to the California Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF) Program. California Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMF) Program. Contains fact sheets in English and Spanish concerning EMF hazards and solutions in homes and schools. Also, provides a link to a video that describes how improperly connected electrical wiring could pose hazards in schools, as well as a school design guidelines checklist which discusses practical, "no- and low-cost" techniques for minimizing exposure to magnetic fields in new and remodeled school buildings.

Extremely low frequency (ELF) fields includes alternating current (AC) fields and other electromagnetic, non-ionizing radiation from 1 Hz to 300 Hz. ELF fields at 60 Hz are produced by power lines, electrical wiring, and electrical equipment. Some epidemiological studies have suggested increased cancer risk associated with magnetic field exposures near electric power lines.

Standards

There are currently no specific OSHA standards that address extremely low frequency (ELF) fields.

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Health Effects

Provides general health effects reviews and static fields information.

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Hazard Locations and Solutions

Describes where significant exposures may occur and what may be useful in identifying significant exposures and possible solutions.

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Evaluating Exposure

Provides references that may aid in evaluating ELF exposures.

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ELF Safety Programs

Extremely low frequency (ELF) radiation safety programs are often a part of a larger radiation or non-ionizing radiation safety program.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to ELF radiation.

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How do I find out about employer responsibilities and workers' rights?

Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury). For more information see www.whistleblowers.gov or Workers' rights under the OSH Act.

OSHA can help answer questions or concerns from employers and workers. To reach your regional or area OSHA office, go to the OSHA Offices by State webpage or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

Small business employers may contact OSHA's free and confidential On-Site Consultation program to help determine whether there are hazards at their worksites and work with OSHA on correcting any identified hazards. Consultants in this program from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice on compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing injury and illness prevention programs. On-Site Consultation services are separate from enforcement activities and do not result in penalties or citations. To contact OSHA's free consultation service, go to OSHA's On-Site Consultation web page or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) and press number 4.

Workers may file a complaint to have OSHA inspect their workplace if they believe that their employer is not following OSHA standards or that there are serious hazards. Workers can file a complaint with OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), online via eComplaint Form, or by printing the complaint form and mailing or faxing it to the local OSHA area office. Complaints that are signed by a worker are more likely to result in an inspection.

If you think your job is unsafe or if you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). Your contact will be kept confidential. We can help. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.

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