The Physical Agents Directive covers both Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) and Whole Body Vibration (WBV) and came into being in July 2002. The UK have introduced this European Directive as the control of vibration Regulations (2005) under the Health and Safety at work Act (1974) and Control of Vibrations at Work Regulation 2005.
What the new legislation means
- The new regulations will limit vibration exposure during a working day.
- The action and maximum limits for Whole Body Vibration will affect a wide range of vehicle users particularly those involved in construction, agriculture, forestry and other earth moving activities.
- Employers must be aware of the vibration levels of the tools being used in the course of their business and must follow the legislative requirements.
- Control measures to reduce vibration should be implemented if exposures are found to be above an exposure action value. It is the employer’s duty to put into operation a strategy to reduce vibration levels and exposures.
- Employers should introduce a system of Health surveillance for all workers where there is a significant risk of HAVs.
- Whilst every effort is taken to ensure that these documents are accurate and up to date with the latest amendments, it is advisable to check with the appropriate body for the updated legislation.
Fivesquared can help you in meeting the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 with a service of tool testing and planned reduction of vibration complemented with sophisticated software driven monitoring.