Vibration at Work
Employees that use tools/machines/vehicles that produce high levels of vibration can be at risk.
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) arises from the use of hand-held power tools and is the cause of significant ill health (painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints). It often occurs wherever electric, air, hydraulic, diesel and petrol-powered tools and equipment are used on a regular basis.
HAVS is preventable, but once the damage is done it’s permanent. HAVS is serious and disabling, and nearly 2 million people are at risk in the UK. Damage from HAVS can include the inability to do fine work and exposure to cold can trigger painful finger blanching attacks.
Whole-body vibration (WBV) is transmitted through the seat or feet of employees who drive mobile machines, or other work vehicles (including certain tractors, fork lift trucks and quarrying or earth-moving machinery), over rough and uneven surfaces as a main part of their job. Shocks and jolts caused by driving over uneven surfaces may cause health risks including back-pain. Other work factors, such as posture and heavy lifting, are also known to contribute to back problems for drivers.
If you are worried about vibration at work (HAVS or WBV) Dragonfly Consulting can help.
The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 were introduced to better protect workers from vibration at work and came into force in July 2005.
Our engineers test all the tools/machines/vehicles on site, investigating particularly any that employees are unhappy with, or suspect produce high levels of vibration. Employers/employees may have concerns about hand arm vibration or whole body vibration. Depending on the concerns our engineers will test the equipment in different ways whilst being used in a manner representative of how it’s normally used in the work environment. Our engineers then examine the results and provide advice on the ongoing use of the equipment, or if necessary, whether the equipment needs to be replaced with a unit which generates lower vibration.