The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 (CVAWR 2005), Hand-Arm Vibration (WAV) & Whole-Body Vibration (WBV) Assessments.
Frequent and regular exposure to Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) may lead to two forms of permanent ill health known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Exposure to Whole-Body Vibration is associated with back pain related issues. Further information on HAV & WBV exposure and the associated risks is available from the HSE website.
The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 (CVAWR 2005, SI 2005 No. 1093) came into force in July 2005. CVAWR 2005 places a duty on employers who carry out work which is liable to expose employees to a risk from vibration, to carry out a suitable risk assessment of the associated risks. Additionally, the employer must ascertain if an employee is likely to be exposed to vibration at or above the following Exposure Action Value’s (EAV’s) or Exposure Limit Value’s (ELV’s).
Hand Arm Vibration A(8) Whole Body Vibration A(8)
Daily EAV 2.5 m/s2 A(8) 0.5 m/s2A(8)
Daily ELV 5 m/s2 A(8) 1.15 m/s2 A(8)
PDA is able to measure the vibration employees are exposed to and then ascertain their exposure level in accordance to CVAWR 2005 procedures. Advice and guidance can then be given on how to reduce employee’s exposure to vibration where appropriate.
This may include
- Onsite measurements of the vibration levels emitted from hand held tools/equipment or ride-on machinery or platforms
- Calculation of daily exposure values
- Advice on the maximum time machinery/equipment or tools may be safely operated before EAV or ELV is exceeded.
- Scheduling work patterns to reduce exposure to vibration
- Methods for reducing the vibration from machinery where possible