Products and Services

Vibration and Noise Testing

Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) Testing

Exposure at work to excessive levels of vibration mightn’t cause obvious and immediate harm, however continued exposure can cause irreparable permanent damage. Unless properly measured and controlled, exposure to hand held vibrating tools can cause Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. It is estimated that 300,000 working days are lost each year in the UK to Hand Arm Disability related absences. Fivesquared can provide risk assessment; measurement and analysis services related to workplace exposure to Hand Arm Vibration.

HAV Work Place Exposure

Fivesquared has substantial experience of measuring real life vibration exposure across a broad section of industries including Construction and Engineering and many more.

  • Measuring vibration on site in actual working conditions has proved to provide far more precise and realistic figures and test results, than those obtained by the manufacturer using laboratory fixed jig tests. Real life assessments are typically 1/3 higher than those supplied by the manufacturer.
  • On site vibration readings should always be carried out by trained, competent personnel, using calibrated specialist equipment to obtain readings from the grip surfaces of the tool.
  • Equipment which is inaccurately adjusted or poorly maintained will as a rule produce obscure readings which highlights the need to keep tools sharp and introduce comprehensive maintenance programs recommended by the manufacturer.
  • It is also wise to note that there is no generally effective PPE for Hand Arm Vibration, despite claims by some glove suppliers.

Fivesquared HAV Testing

Assists companies in all risk areas to develop effective policies and assessments to address Hand Arm Vibration risks. Advice on how to comply with current HSE guidelines and European Directives can be offered, we also make recommendations on how best to avoid future personal injury claims. Fivesquared can assess vehicles, plant and tools for vibration.

  • Vibration Management
  • Risk Assessments
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Job Analysis
  • Policy Development
  • Training

Whole Body Vibration (WBV) Testing

Whole Body Vibration (WBV) occurs when a person’s body is supported on a vibrating surface. This is most likely to occur when sitting on the seat of a moving vehicle or other form of transport, or operating vibrating machinery. Standing whilst operating machinery designed for such an operator stance can also produce WBV in the operator. Prolonged exposure to WBV can affect the lower back, spine and possibly the neck and shoulders. Exposure at work to WBV mightn’t cause noticeable and obvious immediate harm, but continued exposure can cause irreparable permanent damage. Over five million working days are lost each year due to back pain caused or made worse through working in conditions where vibrations are present.
Where do you find WBV…

  • Power Shovels
  • Bulldozers
  • Helicopters
  • Agricultural Heavy Equipment
  • Buses
  • Two Motors
  • Cranes
  • Earth Moving Machinery
  • Trainings, including underground
  • Forklifts
  • Wheel Loaders
  • Caterpillars
  • Trucks

Here at Fivesquared we recommend to look for Excessive Whole Body Vibration Exposure where any commercial/industrial/construction/plant or mobile machinery vehicles are driven regularly.
We can help you prevent WBV by…

  • Assessing the risk of WBV to your employees.
  • Determining whether the daily exposure Action Value is exceeded.
  • Introducing a programme of simple control measures to eliminate or reduce exposure.

Fivesquared assists companies in all risk areas such as Grounds Maintenance, Construction, Building and materials industries to develop effective policies and assessments to address Whole Body Vibration risk. Advice on how to comply with current HSE guidelines and European Directives can be offered. We also make recommendations on how best to avoid future personal injury claims. Fivesquared can assess vehicles plant and mobile equipment. If you would like further information or require a free quotation for on site vehicle, plant or mobile machinery testing please contact us.

Noise Testing

Sounds and noises are a part of everyday life; however excessive exposure to high levels of noise can be somewhat a nuisance and lead to health problems. The noise at work regulations was introduced in 1990. They are aimed at protecting the hearing of employees and state exactly what s required from the employer/employee and machine suppliers. The potential danger can be controlled effectively if the noise levels area assessed and control measures put in place. Over 2 million workers within the UK are at risk from exposure to excessive noise . The dangers are clear in industries such as engineering, production, mining, and driving heavy vehicles. But noise is also a hazard for office workers and teachers, and in the service and entertainment industry.
New EU Standards…
Since 1989, UK noise regulation has been based on European standards. Under a 2003 European Union directive, these laws must be replaced by the start of 2006 with upgraded regulations. The leisure industry, which tried for exemption from the improved standards, will have until the end of 2007 to comply.
The New Directive…

  • Reduces action levels by 5 decibels, or 75 per cent.
  • Emphasizes that substitution and control come before protective equipment.
  • Introduces an exposure limit.

Many people are exposed to harmful levels of noise at work. Unless properly protected, they will suffer from noise-induced hearing loss. You the Employer needs to ensure…

    • You are complying with the Noise at Work Regulations 1989.
    • Your staff will not be exposed to harmful levels of noise.

To successfully protect your workforce form the effects of noise in the workplace it is vital that you as the employer implement noise management systems.
At Fivesquared we can…
carry out Noise assessments within the workplace and upon doing so implement a noise management system to reduce and control your risk of noise within the workplace. Essentially protecting you and your workforce from the affects off noise induced hearing loss.

Employee and Management Training

Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) Training

Health and safety law requires you the employer to protect all your employees from the risks of developing Hand Arm Vibration syndrome. In order to protect your employees you must educate and train them regarding the health risks of HAVs and you must also manage and control the risks with regards to the safe use and operation of the equipment they use. Here at Fivesquared we provide comprehensive training and awareness courses on the subjects of HAVs which are aimed at hands on operatives and management. Our Courses vary in content and can be modified to meet individual client requirements if you so wish

Level 1 Training

Level 1 Training and awareness course for hands on operatives

Some of the topics covered are..

  • What is HAVS?
  • Current legislation on HAVS
  • What causes HAVS?
  • Recognize the symptoms of HAVS.
  • General HAVS advice.
  • What to do if you have HAVS.
  • How is Hand Arm Vibration Measured.
  • How to reduce the risk.
  • Question and answer paper.

General course files and folders are issued along with certificates of attendance enabling you to record the training session on employee personnel files.

Contact us to enquire about course fees.

Level 2 Training

Level 2 Training / Awareness Course for supervisors and managers

Some of the topics covered are..

  • Introduction to HAVS?
  • Symptoms and effects of HAVS.
  • Measurement and definitions of HAV.
  • HAV test procedure.
  • The daily/weekly levels.
  • Tool and equipment purchasing.
  • Vibration reduction recommendations (employer).
  • Legal requirements and current legislation.
  • Managing Vibration exposure.
  • Question and answer paper.

General course files and folders are issued along with certificates of attendance enabling you to record the training session on employee personnel files.

Contact us to enquire about course fees.

Whole Body Vibration (WBV) Training

Health and safety law requires you the employer to protect all your employees from the risks of developing Whole Body Vibration syndrome. In order to protect your employees you must educate and train them regarding the health risks of WBV and you must also manage and control the risks with regards to the safe use and operation of the equipment they use. Here at Fivesquared we provide comprehensive training and awareness courses on the subject of WBV which are aimed at hands on operatives and management. Our courses vary in content and can be modified to meet individual client requirements if you so wish.

Some of the topics covered are..

  • What is WBVS?
  • Current legislation on WBVS.
  • What causes WBVS.
  • Recognize the symptoms of WBVS.
  • General WBVS advice.
  • What to do if you have WBVS.
  • How is Whole Body Vibration Measured.
  • How to reduce the risk.
  • Question and answer paper.

General course files and folders are issued along with certificates of attendance enabling you to record the training session on employee personnel files.

Contact us to enquire about course fees.

Noise Training

Many people are exposed to harmful levels of noise at work. Unless properly protected they will suffer from noise induced hearing loss. You the employer has an obligation to ensure not only are your workforce fully protected from the effects of noise but that your workforce are fully trained and educated of the risks associated with over exposure to Noise. Here at Fivesquared we provide comprehensive training and awareness courses on the subject of noise which are aimed at both Hands on operatives and management. Our courses very in content and can be modified to meet individual client requirements if you so wish..

Some of the topics covered are..

  • What is Noise?
  • Current legislation on Noise.
  • Recognize the symptoms of Noise induced hearing loss.
  • General Noise advice.
  • What to do if you think you be suffering from a noise related illness.
  • How is Noise Measured.
  • How to reduce the risk.
  • Question and answer paper.

General course files and folders are issued along with certificates of attendance enabling you to record the training session on employee personnel files.

Contact us to enquire about course fees.

Tool Maintenance and Care

Plant and equipment used in industry are by the very nature of the tasks they have to perform, subject to wear and tear. As such they require periodic maintenance to maintain optimum efficiency, or to correct any problems occurring in their operation. This maintenance is of prime importance in prolonging the life of these (usually expensive) tools and equipment and protecting those operating these tools from the hazardous effects of vibration, noise, dust ect A poorly maintained tool can significantly jeopardize the safety of the operator, and increase the likelihood of tool failure at an often critical time. Our courses very in content and can be modified to meet individual client requirements if you so wish.

Some of the topics covered are..

  • What is tool maintenance?
  • Why is it so important?
  • How often should maintenance be carried out?
  • Maintenance procedures
  • Vibration reduction measures
  • Operator Safety
  • Usage of correct consumables
  • Daily tool check points
  • Correct fuel mixtures and settings

General course files and folders are issued along with certificates of attendance enabling you to record the training session on employee personnel files.

Contact us to enquire about course fees.

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