Measuring an individuals’ exposure to vibration has never been more important. Despite the Control of Vibration at Work legislation being in force since 2005, the reported incidences of HAVS and the number of fines issued (and cost!) has increased.
The Regulations state that ‘To protect employees from Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), and to comply with the Vibration Regulations, employers need to assess the risks from vibration and plan how to control them’.
Understanding your responsibilities
Pulsar Instruments has put together an Employer’s Guide ‘5 Steps to Controlling Hand-Arm vibration’ to help employers understand their responsibilities for measuring and managing the risks of hand-arm vibration. You can download this guide for free here.
Why measure and how to measure Hand-Arm Vibration
If employers don’t take steps to limit the amount of vibration a tool produces and therefore the level of exposure to vibration an individual receives, then permanent injuries such as Vibration White Finger or HAVS can occur. These conditions lead to nerve damage, pain, tingling, numbness, and reduced dexterity. To minimise the risk you should understand the vibration potential of your tools by measuring them, reduce exposure times and replace machinery and power tools to those that produce lower vibration levels.
The Pulsar vB is the ideal instrument to help you do this. This powerful little meter measures the vibration of handheld power tools, specifically it measures, the HSE Exposure Points and the time to reach the Exposure Action Value (EAV) and Exposure Limit Value (ELV) for each power tool your workers may use.
- Simple to use: fix to your tool, switch on and press record
- Triaxial accelerometer for X, Y, Z measurements
- Measures: Arms, Aeq, Amax, Peak, Vector Sum, HSE Exposure Points, EAV, ELV
- Large clear display to view everything you need
- Colour coded measurements so you know if there's a problem
- Large memory to keep your measurements safe
- Download to the vB Lite Software included as standard for ease of reporting
Contact Pulsar Instruments today
Tel: 01723 339715
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