Equipment manufacturers are generally trying to improve the vibration performance of their products, so new tools and machines are likely to emit lower vibration than older equipment.You will gain the maximum benefit from these improvements if you introduce a policy of buying the most suitable equipment when you replace tools or machines.
DEWALT prides itself on innovation, and there for its range of hammers and other high risk products are some of the most up to date products on the market. Focusing on combating vibration at source (active vibration Control), DEWALT’s range of products demonstrate some of the loest vibration figures on the market.
For most types of equipment, manufacturers are required by law to:
If so, your employees are probably at risk. Even where employees are using vibrating tools or machines for less than these times, there may still be a risk and you should regularly (at least every six months) ask them if they are getting any symptoms of HAVS. Some simple questions you could ask are:
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, assume that there is a risk from HAV to your employees.You should refer the employee to a doctor and take action to reduce exposure.
There is more detailed guidance on what you can do to assess the risk in HSE’s publication Hand-arm vibration
You should consult with your safety or employee representative on your proposals for training and information.
Where there is a risk of vibration exposure it requires employers to:
Vibration is measured in:
Exposure Action Value (EAV) < 2.5m/s² Daily Exposure
Exposure Limit Value (ELV)=< 5m/s² Daily Exposure
Exposure Limit Value (ELV)=> 5m/s² Daily Exposure (ELV)
The usage time is limited depending on the level of vibration
Vector sum of X,Y & Z
2002/44/EC Requires this Standard