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Workplace HAVS Assessments

Hand Arm / Whole Body Vibration

Vibration is considered a Major Hazard in the workplace and has many implications on the Health and Safety of employees. Poor management of Hazards associated with Vibration at work can result in business interruptions and large fines. Vibration tends to fall under two broad categories, hand-Arm and Whole-Body Vibration.

How Periculum Global Can Help

Using industry leading technology such as the Revo Vibration testing equipment we measure, monitor and asses vibration levels according to Standards and Guidelines. We develop targeted measures tailored to your company’s needs to minimise Hazard potential, ensure legislative requirements are met, reduce downtime, and improve productivity and reliability.

Your Duty in Relation to Vibration Testing

Vibration, and the equipment that causes it, can be considered a hazard and therefore covered by legislation. There are also general Regulations, Compliance Codes and Codes of Practice, which must be adhered to.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 requires an Assessment of Risk arising from exposure to Vibration.

The HSE sets out the following:

  • The daily Exposure ACTION value (EAV): 2.5 m/s2 A(8)
  • The daily Exposure LIMIT value (ELV): 5 m/s2 A(8)

You should limit the exposure of employees to make sure they do not exceed the EAV. You should reduce the exposure of any employee who meets or exceeds the EAV and conduct regular health surveillance. If employees meet or exceed the LIMIT value, you are breaking the law and you must find ways to reduce their exposure to within the legal limits.

How often should you conduct a HAVS Risk Assessment?

You will need to check power tools regularly (e.g. at least once a year) to make sure that they haven’t deteriorated, and their vibration assessment hasn’t changed. You may also need to update assessments if changes occur to an employee’s job or the way they do things that are likely to result in increased usage or exposure to vibrating power tools.

You will need to review your Risk Assessment if circumstances in your workplace change and affect exposures. Also review it regularly to make sure that you continue to do all that is reasonably practicable to control the vibration Risks. Even if it appears that nothing has changed within the work place, it is absolutely essential that a revision is not left for more than about two years.  This will ensure your company is kept fully up to date with all the legislative requirements.