01/30/2009

Workplace exposure to vibration in Europe: an expert review

One in three European workers is exposed to vibrations at work and for some
sectors, such as construction at 63%, this figure is much higher. Although
vibration is a long-standing and well-known risk, its importance has increased
since the application of the vibration directive (2002/44/EC), which came into
force on 6th July 2005.

Enterprises, regulators and legislators face new challenges; measurement is
complicated and risk assessment and reduction are not simple. This report
brings together specialists from eight leading European institutes to produce
an overview of the challenges facing the occupational safety and health
community as regards management of occupational vibration risks. The situation
in six Member States - Belgium, Germany, Spain, Finland, France and Poland -
is examined, and research information is presented covering all Member States.

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