Occupational Hygiene

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations aim to prevent damage caused by vibration at work. Vibration induced medical conditions can include vascular disorders and long-term neurological and muscular damage.

The regulations state employers must:

  • Ensure that risk from exposure to vibration is either eliminated at source or reduced to as low a level as possible
  • Ensure that employees exposed to vibration are placed under suitable health surveillance
  • Provide employees and their representatives with suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training

Any employee that utilises hand held vibrating equipment (such as grinders and drills) may be exposed to unnecessary levels of hand/arm vibration. Employees that drive an on-site vehicle (such as a forklift truck) may be exposed to excess levels of whole body vibration.

Vibration Assessments are available for hand/arm and whole body and will:

  • Identify whether employees are exposed to vibration at or above the daily exposure limit and action values
  • Establish vibration levels for the tools/vehicles currently in use
  • Provide information on health surveillance

Further information on the following additional services are available upon request:

  • Stack Emissions Assessment
  • Asbestos Assessment
  • Ergonomics Assessment
  • Lighting Assessment
  • Heat Stress Assessment
For more information please contact:
Meeka Walwyn-Lewis
Meeka Walwyn-Lewis
Specialist Services & Communities of Interest Manager
01924 203335
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