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Whole-body vibration (WBV) is concerned with the transmission of vibration into operatives’1 hands and (typically, lower) arms. Usually, though not exclusively, this results from using vibration-emitting hand-held tools at work such as drills, saws and grinders.
This video provides a concise overview of current Hand-arm Vibration knowledge combined with practical advice for meeting the requirements of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 (hand-arm vibration).
In view of increased HAV ‘awareness’ and more recently, its ‘formalisation’ under the umbrella of UK workplace health and safety law, this Guide sets about explaining how these issues affect both employers and employees who are ‘associated’ with vibrationemitting hand-held tools and work processes.
In particular, the Guide looks at the following topics:
- a description of HAV and the nature of its sources;
- a description of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS);
- an indication of the potential negative health effects from exposure to HAV;
- an overview of legislation relating to the subject; and
- practical guidance for controlling, mitigating or removing HAV risks.