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Importance of Vibration Monitoring at Work

Updated: Jan 15, 2021

What is Vibration Monitoring?

Regular exposure to vibration transmitted through hand held tools, mobile machinery or vehicles to an individual can cause damage to the vascular and nervous system resulting in disability. This can relate directly to the hands and arms from using hand held tools causing numbness, tingling, pain and loss of sensitivity. This is referred to as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome often abbreviated to HAVS. Whole body vibration (WBV) occurs when vibration is transmitted through the seat or feet of employees who drive mobile machines or other work vehicles over rough surfaces. Health effects experienced from whole body vibration can cause lower back problems from the degeneration in the spinal vertebrae or the discs causing compression and pain.

Therefore, to safeguard individual employees from such injury, Blue Turtle Ltd offers a vibration monitoring service suitable for all companies and industries where employees are exposed to vibration as part of their daily work activities. Our experienced occupational hygienists can assist your business in protecting your workforce by carrying out vibration monitoring using tri-axial accelerometers to measure the vibration allowing for the maximum permitted daily use of any vibrating equipment/machinery to be calculated.

As an outcome, Blue Turtle can provide advice on suitable control strategies to be adopted to ensure that employees health is protected and that your business is compliant with the current legal requirements.

Why is Vibration Monitoring important?

Legislation to help employers and employees to take preventative measures from vibration risks in the workplace came into force on the 6th of July 2005. The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations set out clear 'Exposure Action Values' and 'Exposure Limit Values'.

An exposure action value is the exposure level when action specified in the regulations must be taken. An exposure limit value is the maximum permitted exposure to vibration for an individual employee. The regulations require employers to:

  • Reduce exposure of harmful levels of vibration to a minimum

  • Assess the vibration risk to employees

  • Implement measures to reduce exposure

  • Provide health surveillance when the risk assessment indicates a risk to health or employees are likely to be exposed to vibration at or above an exposure action value.

How Can Blue Turtle Ltd Help?

As qualified Occupational Hygienists we can assess the amount of vibration your employees are exposed to. We carry out vibration monitoring using a triaxial accelerometer allowing for simultaneous measurements in three orthogonal directions for analysis of all the vibrations being experienced by the individual.

Once the exposure is understood, an assessment of the risks to health can be made based on the action and limit values set out in the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations. We can then provide suitable advice based on the findings on how to control vibration exposure to as low as reasonably practicable and ensure that employees do not exceed the limit values and that all other aspects of the regulations are met.

If you would like to discuss any of your concerns then please visit our website for our contact details or fill in the contact form where we will be glad to help.

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