Hand Arm
Vibration

Vibration Within The Workplace Can Lead to A Range of Painful and Disabling

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The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 places a duty on employers to ensure that vibration exposure levels are assessed and reduced if the daily exposure action level is exceeded. A specific requirement is placed on employers to ensure health surveillance is conducted in these circumstances. 

The aim of the Vibration Regulations is to ensure that workers are protected from excessive vibration when using handheld power tools or driving mobile machines at their place of work, which could result in vibration white finger, disabling hand arm symptoms and back issues.

The level at which employers must take action will depend on the measured vibration exposure for each task or activity over a working day.

When considering hand-arm vibration syndrome and other issues there are two values to look at: the action value and the daily exposure limit. The action value is the level of daily exposure at or above which you are required to take action to reduce exposure and the daily exposure limit which is the maximum amount of vibration an employee can be exposed to on a single day.

In relation to hand-arm vibration, these limits are 2.5 m/s2 (acceleration in metres per second) and 5 m/s2 respectively. Whilst when considering whole-body vibration the values are 0.5m/s2 and 1.15 m/s2.

ActionsActions and advice

As an employer, it is your responsibility to protect your employees against HAVs and other associated health effects with whole-body vibration risk assessments. Initially, you need to identify any activities that are prone to generating vibration and question whether this activity could be done in a different way without using vibrating tools and machines.

If they cannot be done without these machines, then expert vibration assessments from Euro Environmental Ltd can help you identify the actual exposure levels and work with you to ensure they do not exceed the HSE limits.

HelpHow can we help?

Our expert consultants are here to help you with advice and guidance. We can offer a free consultation service to assist you in assessing your vibration risk reduction and if needed we can then carry out a whole-body vibration risk assessment to determine the levels of vibration exposure.

As part of this expert vibration assessment, we will then interpret the results and provide you with recommendations to ensure you meet regulatory compliance.

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Knowledge Centre Article

Expand your knowledge on this topic by reading our informative article

Hand Arm Vibration - The Complete Guide
Hand Arm Vibration - The Complete Guide

2021-06-09

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 were introduced to protect workers from vibration at work and were recently updated in July 2019. Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) caused by exposure to vibration at work is preventable, but once the damage is done it is permanent.

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