Vibration Risk Assessment Information
If your employees use vibrating tools such as hammer drills, chainsaws or disc cutters, or you work in an industry where exposure to vibration is particularly high, then you will require a Vibration Risk Assessment in accordance with the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.
Hand-arm vibration is particularly hazardous when there is regular or frequent exposure to vibration, and can lead to health effects that are collectively known as HAVS (hand-arm vibration syndrome).
Symptoms include numbness in fingers, loss of strength in hands and not being able to feel things properly.
Vibration White Finger
One of the most common accident at work claims is known as vibration white finger which is triggered by continuous use of vibrating tools.
It is a disorder that affects the nerves, blood vessels, muscles and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. In extreme cases, the sufferer may lose fingers.
It is your duty as an employer to assess all workplace hazards and that includes hand-arm vibration, so a risk assessment must be carried out to reduce exposure and protect your employees as much as possible.
Our professional safety practitioners are on hand to assist you with creating your hand arm vibration risk assessment documentation to ensure that you have compliant and comprehensive details of your findings.
For our consultants to complete your documentation, we will need you to provide us with the details of the vibration levels generated by the tools and equipment, and the duration of exposure.
If you have any queries about the HAVS Risk Assessment, please call us on 01237 477 931 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.