The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 aim to prevent damage caused by vibration at work.
Vibration induced medical conditions can include vascular disorders and long-term neurological and muscular damage.
The regulations state that:
- employers shall ensure that risk from exposure to vibration is either eliminated at source or reduced to as low a level as possible
- employers shall ensure that employees exposed to vibration are placed under suitable health surveillance
- employers shall provide employees and their representatives with suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training
Any employee that utilises hand held vibrating equipment (such as grinders and drills) may be exposed to unnecessary levels of hand/arm vibration. Employees that drive an on—site vehicle (such as a fork lift truck) may be exposed to excess levels of whole body vibration.
eeuk Vibration Assessments are available for hand arm vibration. The objectives of the assessment are:
- to identify whether employees are exposed to hand arm vibration at or above the exposure action value of 2.5m/s2
- to identify whether employees are exposed to hand arm vibration at or above the exposure limit value of 5m/ s2
- to establish vibration levels for the tools currently in use
- to provide information on health surveillance
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