The “Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005” came into force in 2005 and aims to protect workers from risks to health from vibration.
The regulations introduce action and limit values for hand-arm and whole-body vibration. These regulations require the employer to carry out a number of tasks to assess the vibration risk to their employees and to introduce a number of controls to eliminate or reduce exposure to vibration.
Unless managed in line with these current regulations and EU standards, employers may put themselves and their employees at great risk to Hand Arm Vibration.
The regulations specify two levels for Hand Arm Vibration. The daily exposure limit value (ELV) is the maximum amount of vibration an employee may be exposed to on any single day. The daily exposure action value (EAV) is the level of daily exposure to vibration above which an employer is required to take certain actions to reduce exposure.
Exposure Action Value of 2.5 m/s2 A (8) at which level employers should introduce technical and organisational measures to reduce exposure.
Exposure limit value of 5.0 m/s2 A (8) which should not be exceeded.