Hand Arm Vibration

Hand Arm Vibration

The aim of this course is to describe the health effects of hand-arm vibration, and to explain the requirements of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.

The course is for all persons who operate hand-held power tools such as road breakers, hand-guided equipment such as powered lawnmowers, or who hold materials being processed by machines such as pedestal grinders.

This comprehensive one-day course covers all the fundamentals of dealing with Vibration in the workplace and includes sessions on the following topics.

  • An introduction to vibration
  • How vibration affects humans
  • Health surveillance
  • The control of vibration at work regulations 2005 overview
  • Vibration meters and making measurements
  • Tool time assessment and monitoring
  • Monitoring exposure in the workplace
  • Controlling vibration

What is Hand-Arm and Whole-Body Vibration?

Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) is a condition caused by regular exposure to vibrating and percussive tools, or working with material in contact with grinding or cutting operations.

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) refers to damage to muscles, joints, circulation and nerves in the hand and arm caused by HAV.

Whole-Body Vibration (WBV) is experienced when sitting, standing or lying on a vibrating surface. For example, a forklift truck operator or tractor driver may be exposed to vibration through the seat resulting in WBV.

Noise and vibration are usually connected – if there is an issue with vibration in the workplace it’s likely that noise also poses a risk.

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