T0017 Toolbox Talk – Vibration

Vibration is transmitted into your hands and arms when using hand held / operated tools and machinery. Excessive exposure can affect the nerves, blood vessels, muscles and joints of the hand, wrist and arm causing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). 

Prevent: Where possible think about eliminating or reducing the amount of vibration. Consider:

  • eliminating unnecessary vibrating tasks at the design stage and using prefabricated components

  • using an alternative process that does not expose workers to vibration. For example:

    • block splitters instead of cut-off saws

    • bursting or crushing instead of pneumatic drilling

    • isolating workers from tasks creating vibration; eg by using a breaker attachment for an excavator or remote controlled equipment instead of a hand-held breaker

    • Work practices – the right equipment still has to be used correctly. Check how it should be operated to ensure you get reduced vibration levels. Promote techniques that reduce grip force. Improve the design of workstations to limit the loads on hands, wrists and arms caused by any possible poor posture.

If you have any concerns, please always advise your line manager.


T0017 Vibration

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