Safetymen provide on-site "Hand Arm Vibration" Testing. We use the lastest Hand Arm Vibration Testing equipment, our HealthVib HAV gloves manage vibration exposure simply and effectivley, they contain a traxial accelerometer located in the glove(s). Once the Vibration levels have been taken we will create graphical reports and present data with a selection of value options.
Our kits include active and passive units to measure one or both hands. Accurate real time vibration readings from hand held power tool are displayed as daily dose and current vibration exposure.
Many companies will perform at best a 'visual inspection or free running function test' on hand tooling. For vibration control measures a 'free running test, air test or laboratory test' in the majority of cases are unsatisfactory and in some cases vibration m/s2 levels are recorded 2 x higher than value shown in the catalogue when actually tested in service.
On-site measuring under actual working conditions has proven to be very effective in producing precise and more realistic figures and test results than those obtained using manufacturers declared vibration values.
It is the employer's duty (or their Health & Safety representative) to be seen actively trying to combat and control all measures of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome in the workforce. This can be done in many ways, for example:
HSE inspectors will be addressing hand-arm vibration in three priority industry sectors. These sectors will include Foundries, Heavy Steel Fabrication including Ship Building and Construction. They will expect to see evidence of the elimination of vibration risks or of their reduction to the lowest level that is reasonably practicable. Where vibration risks remain, inspectors will be looking for evidence that the risks are being managed adequately and that suitable health surveillance is in place. This is where Safetymen's Hand Arm Vibration Service can be of use to you.
By law, as an employer, you must assess and identify measures to eliminate or reduce risks from exposure to hand-arm vibration so that you can protect your employees from risks to their health.
Where the risks are low, the actions you take may be simple and inexpensive, but where the risks are high, you should manage them using a prioritised action plan to control exposure to hand-arm vibration.
Where required, ensure that:
Review what you are doing if anything changes that may affect exposures to vibration where you work.
This will depend on whether your employees regularly and frequently work with vibrating tools and equipment and/or handle vibrating materials. It will also depend on how long your employees are exposed to vibration and at what level. As a simple guide you will probably need to do something about vibration exposures if any of the following apply:
Jobs requiring regular and frequent use of vibrating tools and equipment and handling of vibrating materials are found in a wide range of industries, for example:
There are hundreds of different types of hand-held power tools and equipment which can cause ill health from vibration. Some of the more common ones are:
It’s the first prosecution HSE has taken where a worker has suffered injury from exposure to vibration. And, as is so often the case, it could and should have been avoided...
The company was fined £10,000 with £28,000 costs at Dartford Magistrate’s Court.
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