Hand-Arm and Whole-Body vibration

Control of Noise at Vibration Regulations 2005 (CoVAWR)
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE Statistics: Causes and Kind of Disease – Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome), Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) has become the most commonly reported disease under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases & Dangerous Occurrences Regulations). Over exposure of hands to high levels of vibration can lead to permanent disability of equipment operators.  

With the introduction of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations (the UK implementation of the EU Physical Agents Directive) there is now a clear and direct duty on employers to assess and manage the vibration risks associated with the use of vibrating tools and equipment. This also extends to vibration risks associated with whole body vibration, typically experienced when seated or standing in areas where vibration is experienced. The operation of high vibration tools, and sitting or standing in high vibration areas for extended periods, can lead to possible injury and, in particular, damage to blood circulation. 

Failure to comply with these Regulations could lead to legal action (liability for compensation, and prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974). Addressing workplace noise and vibration issues could also improve productivity, through a better working environment, and more efficient plant/operations.

Whether an industrial plant, an offshore installation or a shipping or fishing vessel (under the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels Control of Vibration at Work Regulations), we can help manage occupational vibration and achieve compliance.

Our Services
The Acoustics and Vibration Group, a specialist team within Bureau Veritas, offers services for identifying and managing both hand-arm and whole-body vibration in the workplace and can provide cost-effective solutions to help employers meet the regulatory requirements. Our services include:

• Assessment of employee exposure to Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) and Whole-Body Vibration (WBV) 

• Compilation of hand-held equipment datasheets and associated time to achieve the regulatory exposure action values as defined in CoVAWR

• Provision of vibration management plans to enable compliance with the regulations and HSE requirements

• Workplace risk assessments

• Identification of tools or processes likely to induce HAVS

• Measures to reduce occupational vibration

• Measures to reduce occupational vibration

• Training of local operators in assessing vibration. Discover our dedicated training page here. 

VEMS (Vibration Exposure Management System)

Bureau Veritas have developed VEMS (Vibration Exposure Management System) to simplify the assessment process. It allows a user friendly management system of vibration exposure allowing employers to monitor the personnel exposure over time and avoid exposure in excess of the regulatory action values. The results of the assessment can be used to quantify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in relation to vibration exposure risk.

VEMS provides a powerful tool for managing risk and enables the following:
• Calculation of personnel’s vibration exposure levels

• Provision of indicators and recording facilities for assessment of ongoing compliance

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?The Acoustics & Vibration Group is a UK specialist team in Bureau Veritas and operates as part of a wider global team of acousticians.  Our team of experienced consultants are all members of the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) and offer specialist noise and vibration consultancy to a wide range of clients.  

We pride ourselves on our customer focus, and are able to bring experience from a wide range of sectors, to help our clients achieve compliance with legislation and best practice

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