During the 6th European IRPA Congress (30th May – 3rd June 2022) an information sharing workshop about Electronic Article Surveillance Systems (EASS) will be facilitated in collaboration with PEROSH.
Electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems are widely used in retail and logistics, e.g. to prevent thievery or to locate and monitor numerous products automatically at the same time. EAS-systems use different frequency bands ranging from static magnetic fields, over intermediate to radio frequencies. Depending on their functioning principles, selected EAS-systems emit intense electromagnetic fields, that in some practical situations may even exceed maximum exposure level at the workplace. Hence, EAS-systems exceeding permissible exposure levels may be of concern for workers, workers at particular risk (e.g. with active implanted medical devices such as cardiac implants), and pregnant workers. Customers may be affected as well.
In addition, it proved challenging for operators/employers of such systems to obtain sufficient information about safe and healthy operation of EAS-systems from manufacturers or distributors.
The major intention of the information sharing workshop is to connect stakeholders with a background in occupational safety and health as well as market surveillance across Europe, in order to bundle attention to the potential problems arising from EAS-systems. Therefore the workshop will:
- discuss problems with EMF exposure of EAS-systems at workplaces on a PanEuropean perspective and
- evaluate the necessity to initiate a PanEuropean research- and information dissemination-approach to enable safe and health working conditions.
Occupational safety and health specialists and technical procurement engineers of EASS-applying companies (retail, logistics etc.), labour inspectors and colleagues of governmental radiation protection agencies, as well as researchers in the field of bioelectromagnetics. Other participants who are interested in the topic are warmly invited to attend the workshop.
Please register your participation at the conference website https://irpa2022.eu/, the workshop is included in the conference fee.
Room Brahms or Online (conference stream)
Date June 3, 2022. 8:15-10:30 hrs
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