24.07.2006

Vibration at work

Regular exposure to hand-arm vibration can cause a range of conditions known as
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) which includes vibration white finger and
carpal tunnel syndrome. Hand-arm vibration comes from the use of hand-held
power tools and is the cause of significant ill health (painful and disabling
disorders of the blood vessels, nerves, joints and muscles of the hands and
arms).

Similarly whole-body vibration (WBV) can cause back pain or make this worse.
Regular long term exposure to WBV is associated with back pain alongside other
factors such as poor posture and heavy lifting. Look out for WBV risks where
any commercial/industrial/construction vehicles are driven regularly for most
of the day.

Whether you are an employer, worker, safety representative or specialist,
webpages by the British HSE offer helpful advice on how you can reduce and
control the risks from hand-arm and whole-body vibration.

The pages include:

  • - Advice for employers
            
    • Employers' responsibilities
              
    • How do I assess the risks?
              
    • How do I protect my workers?
              
    • Health Surveillance

  • - Good practice solutions
            
    • Foundries
              
    • Heavy steel fabrication
              
    • Construction

  • - Regulations
  • - Publications
  • - Research
  • - Statistics
  • - Presentations
  • - Vibration calculators

More information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work