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Hand, Arm & Whole Body Vibration

What is Hand, Arm & Whole Body Vibration?

Hand Arm Vibration (HAV)

The use of some types of tools, for example grinders, pneumatic hammers, impact wrenches and horticultural equipment can result in vibration being transmitted into the hand and arms of the operator. Exposure to high levels of vibration over long periods can result in injury to the hand-arm system. The most common type of injury associated with the use of vibratory tools is Vibration White Finger (VWF).

The results of an HSE survey shows that about 1.2 million people are subjected to vibration exposure above the recommended Action Level. Health and Safety law requires employers to ensure that their employees are protected by the 2005 Control of Vibration at Work Regulations. For Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels, the relevant regulations are the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2007.

Whole Body Vibration (WBV)

The driving of vehicles such as dumpers, tractors and lift trucks can subject employees to Whole Body Vibration, which can cause low back pain and spinal damage.

What can we do for you?

Acoustic South East can help employers control the risks associated with either Hand-Arm or Whole body Vibration, by:

  • Measuring vibration levels on tools or equipment
  • Recommending methods of reducing vibration exposure
  • Specifying programmes for controlling the risks
  • Acting as an Expert Witness in Civil Claims
  • Training
  • CE Marking

If you would like to find out more then please feel free to give us a call and you will be put through to someone who will be able to give you the guidance you require.

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