Companies must comply with the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 - this requires them to minimise and monitor exposure to hand-arm vibration and make sure that it does not exceed set levels and cause Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. The best way to do this is by using a hand-arm vibration meter.
Hand-arm vibration meters are simple to use and convenient to measure, analyse and assess risks of vibration exposure from power tools in the workplace.
Hand-arm vibration exposure can cause a range of conditions known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), it can also be a cause of other nerve and circulatory problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Identifying easily signs and symptoms of HAVs is vital as it allows the employer to take vibration control actions to prevent permanent injuries. Pulsar's range of highly accurate hand arm vibration meters are ideal for measuring vibration magnitude from a wide variety of sources allowing health and safety managers to assess vibration.
HAVS and vibration white finger are caused when excessive levels of vibration are transmitted from power tools, such as grinders, drills, and saws, into workers’ hands and arms.
Many regulations, exposure guidelines and measurement standards exist for hand arm vibration measurements which define allowable exposure action values and limit values including the ANSI S2.70 and ISO 5349 standards, EU Directive on Vibration Exposure and the ACGIH TLV.