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work rather than the equipment itself, you may need to have measurements taken by a specialist company. You

What medical support do I need? If workers vibration dose is above 2

could also use one of the proprietary

m/s2 A(8), you will need to undertake

vibration dose measuring systems that

health surveillance. You should

are now appearing on the market.

also screen prospective and new employees to ensure that they do not

As a guide, some typical vibration

already have any HAVS symptoms,

magnitudes are2:

and to check their employment history

Equipment Chainsaw: Sander: Hammer drill: Road breaker:

Typical vibration magnitude 6 m/s2 8 m/s2 9 m/s2 12 m/s2

Approx time to reach daily dose of 2m/s2 A(8) 1 hour 30 mins 50 mins 40 mins 25 mins

However, these are only indicative

for previous vibration exposure.

figures – the tools and equipment that

There are also some health conditions

produce the worst vibration exposures

that make people more likely to

may not be those you expect. In

suffer from HAVS. Seek advice from

a polishing shop run by a Chubb

a qualified Occupational Health

insured, it was the smallest, lightest

professional if vibration exposures in

hand-held polishing mop that created

your workplace exceed the 2 m/s2

the highest exposure levels. The

A(8) dose threshold.

larger, heavier mops produced much lower doses.

What steps can I take to control vibration exposure? • As far as possible, get rid of tools,

Where can I get more information? Health & Safety Authority Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 2 of Part 5:

equipment or processes that expose

Control of Vibration at Work – free to

workers to hand arm vibration

download from the HSA web site at:

• Change or adapt working methods

www.hsa.ie

to reduce the need for vibrating tools and equipment to be used • Replace older equipment with newer

Health & Safety Executive L140 Hand-arm vibration -The Control of

kit that produces lower vibration

Vibration at Work - Regulations 2005

levels and incorporates vibration

– free to download from the HSE web

reduction technology

site at: www.hse.gov.uk

• Check, maintain and service vibrating tools and equipment regularly to help keep vibration levels to a minimum • Limit workers exposure by limiting the time they do certain jobs or use certain equipment; guidance published by the UK Health & Safety Executive3 recommends a points system to help workers keep track of their vibration dose

1. www.hse.gov.uk/vibration 2. Health & Safety Authority Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 2 of Part 5: Control of Vibration at Work 3. Health & Safety Executive L140 Handarm vibration -The Control of Vibration at Work - Regulations 2005

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