EMF and Optical Radiation Committee

The EMF and Optical Radiation (EMFOR) Committee provides a focal point within SRP for the practical implications of radiation protection for electromagnetic field (EMF) and optical radiation exposure.  A group of specialists currently standing at 10 members, we take into consideration UK legislation and best national and international practice for the provision of advice.EMFOR Position Statements5G Effect (June 2020)
EMF Research (May 2018)
Core of Knowledge - MHRA Guidance (Feb 2017) see Guidance section below.FAQs 20 Questions Relating to EMF & Optical Radiation produced following a webinar in May 2020 entitled An Introduction to Non-Ionising Radiation Safety Management (member access only)  Guidance for Safe Use of Lasers, Intense Light Source Systems and LEDs in medical, surgical, dental and aesthetic practicesThe Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued guidance on the safe use of lasers, intense light source systems and light emitting diodes (LEDs).  It includes a recommendation that medical establishments should utilise a Core of Knowledge syllabus.  SRP, the British Medical Laser Association (BMLA) and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) have issued a statement proposing that this Core of Knowledge syllabus should be adapted in order to provide more flexibility for laser and IPL users in medical practices.  The three societies recommend that there are two separate Core of Knowledge programmes:

  • A Core of Knowledge: Awareness Level for staff who are not using a laser or non-laser, but may be present within a clinical area where a laser or non-laser is being used.  This may include nursing staff, theatre assistants, trainees etc.
  • A Core of Knowledge: User Level for staff who are using a laser or non-laser to carry out procedures.  This would essentially be the authorised user.  A summary of what should be included in a written safety assessment report is provided here.

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