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HSE Whole Body Vibration (WBV) At Work Regulations 2005 Workplaced Testing, Monitoring And Assessments

Vibration At Work Regulations 2005, Whole Body Vibration (WBV) Testing / Monitoring

The ‘2005 Vibration At Work Regulations’ are a mandatory requirement aimed at protecting employees whilst at work. The Whole Body Vibration (WBV) vibration at work regulations use exposure limit and action values which employers should take into account which are as follows;

• A daily exposure limit value of 1.15 m/s2 A(8) (rms)

• A daily exposure action value of 0.5 m/s2 A(8) (rms)

Whole Body Vibration (WBV) testing/monitoring is carried out by attaching an accelerometer onto the equipment requiring assessment, at the point of body contact in terms of the feet, or seat. Usually the machine operator would either stand on the sensor i.e. at foot level, or sit on the sensor i.e. at a seated working position for the measurement. The accelerometer and equipment then measures the vibration in three axis, the X, Y and Z axis in relation to the operators hand and arm.

Following this, we are then able to calculate the level of Whole Body Vibration (WBV) related exposure of the operator over a typical day/week, and how long an operator should be using the tool or equipment for etc. If the operator uses multiple pieces of equipment, this can also be taken into account.

Whole Body Vibration (WBV) Exposure

Whilst manufacturers do sometimes provide Whole Body Vibration (WBV) vibration levels of equipment, this usually is not reflective of the actual vibration levels, as this is a laboratory test, and not a realistic on site, i.e. a dumper truck tested on a flat level concrete surface instead of a rutted boggy site. The only way to accurately determine the levels of vibration for an employee, when used by an employee at work, is realistically to measure it in situ, which is where we are able to help.

When the daily exposure action value is exceeded health surveillance should be carried out, consideration should be given to reducing vibration from offending items along with operator training etc. Where the daily exposure limit value is exceeded, all activities should be ceased, to prevent damage to the employee, and a review carried out etc.

The main medical condition related to Whole Body Vibration (HBV) is back pain. However, various guidance suggests that other symptoms related to human exposure to vibration can include lower jaw symptom, influence on speech, lump in the throat, chest pains, influence on breathing and urge to urinate etc.

We have experience in carrying our Whole Body Vibration (HAV) at work testing, monitoring and risk assessments inline with the current ‘Vibration At Work Regulations 2005’. Industry sectors and specific tasks which could be affected by Whole Body Vibration (HAV) include marine vehicles (sailors), quarries/mineral extraction (excavator, piling, digger, dumper truck, construction vehicle and material sorter operators), transport/logistics/warehouse (HGV drivers, forklift operatives, fleet vehicle drivers), Agricultural (Farming, processing and produce preparation) and more. The list goes on and on.

We aim to carry out all types of occupational Whole Body Vibration (WBV), vibration at work testing, monitoring and assessments. What ever your requirement regarding vibration at work surveys and risk assessments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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