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EMF CHECKLIST Summary Sheet
n/a yes no PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
___ ___ __ 1 Share Checklist with the school Building Advisory Committee.
___ ___ __ 2 Include Checklist in materials given to architect/engineer.
___ ___ __ 3 Define extent of local school district EMF policy (Checklist plus or minus other features).
___ ___ __ 4 Visually inspect site for electrical facilities.
n/a yes no SITE SELECTION
___ ___ __ 5 Check with local electric utility regarding present and future facilities.
___ ___ __ 6 Consult with local electric utility about reduction options.
___ ___ __ 7 Consider alternate sites.
___ ___ __ 8 Assess whether or not undergrounding distribution line and power feed are no or low cost options.
___ ___ __ 9 Contact the state Department of Education for state requirements.
n/a yes no SITE PLANNING
___ ___ __ 10 Place vacant or low-occupancy areas near magnetic field sources.
___ ___ __ 11 Verify building/utility placement with project electrical engineer.
___ ___ __ 12 Unground on-cmapus distribution lines if possible.
___ ___ __ 13 Consult with electric utility about predicted fields from power lines at proposed building locations.
___ ___ __ 14 Explore possibility of optimizing conductor configuration.
n/a yes no BUILDING DESIGN
___ ___ __ 15 Maximize distance between magnetic sources and occupied areas.
___ ___ __ 16 Disburse power via low-occupancy areas.
n/a yes no CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS
___ ___ __ 17 Follow the National Electric Code (NEC).
___ ___ __ 18 Ground electrical system correctly per NEC.
___ ___ __ 19 Wire three-way switches correctly per NEC, with three circuits rather than two.
___ ___ __ 20 Minimize distance between conductors in a circuit.
___ ___ __ 21 Recheck subpanel locations and consider reducing their loads.
___ ___ __ 22 Assess whether electronic ballasts for fluorescent lights are a no or low cost option.
n/a yes no CONSTRUCTION
___ ___ __ 23 Review Checklist with contractor.
___ ___ __ 24 Verify that work is in conformance with contract documents.
___ ___ __ 25 A gaussmeter may detect deviations from the NEC.
n/a yes no OCCUPANCY
___ ___ __ 26 Use "low-field" EMF criteria in equipment selection.
___ ___ __ 27 Consider field exposure when placing appliances.
___ ___ __ 28 Optimize equipment layout.
___ ___ __ 29 Monitor building use.


Electric and Magnetic Fields Program
1515 Clay St., 17th Floor,
(510) 622-4500

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