Are you exposed to vibration?
Vibration from work with powered handheld tools, equipment or processes can damage the hands and arms of users causing ‘handarm vibration syndrome’. This is a painful, irreversible condition which includes ‘vibration white finger’ and the effects can be impaired blood circulation, damage to the nerves and muscles, and loss of ability to grip properly. Back pain can be caused by or aggravated by vibration from a vehicle or machine passing through the seat into the driver’s body through the buttocks – known as wholebody vibration. Wholebody vibration can also be caused by standing on the platform of a vehicle or machine, so vibration passes into the operator through their feet.
Does anyone work with handheld and handguided tools and machines such as concrete breakers and vibrating compactor plates and workpieces such as castings which are held against powered machinery such as pedestal grinders?
Does anyone doing this work get tingling or numbness in the fingers or hands?
Does anyone often drive offroad machinery such as tractors, dumper trucks or excavators or unsuspended vehicles such as forklift trucks?
What law applies?
Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005