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Investigating the utility of wrist worn vibration monitoring in the effective management of exposure to dangerous vibrations within the work place

 

Abstract

This paper seeks to demonstrate the validity of vibration data acquired from a personal wrist worn vibration monitor in assessing exposure to hazardous Hand Arm Vibration.  The paper also seeks to define the value that data from continuous monitoring can have in forming an effective risk management process within the work place.  Illustrated within this paper are some of the shortcomings arising from over reliance on single point sample measurements and the deviation between the perceived exposure calculated from a single point measurement and the reality of true exposure given the variability across time, task and a large cohort of individuals.

 

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Testimonial:

Everton Football Club - Richard Cairns, Health & Safety Manager

“Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is not just a problem for people using industrial power tools in the construction or manufacturing sectors – it can affect anyone who regularly uses other vibrating equipment including mowers and strimmers. We have dozens of lawnmowers that are in daily use at Goodison Park and our training complex at Finch Farm, so we have to have a monitoring system that is simple and effective. “In the past we relied on timesheets and individual record-keeping to monitor vibration exposure, but the HAVmeter system is a far superior method of doing this. All of the information is collated by the devices and provides us with a comprehensive overview of how much exposure each member of staff is subjected to. If they reach the safe limit stipulated by the HSE, then they are alerted to the danger at once – meaning there is no chance of over-exposure. “However, it is not just a good tool for preventing injuries. The system allows us to generate reports about the vibration levels of our equipment, so we can identify which machines need to be replaced or upgraded. It’s a very versatile piece of kit that will continue to be hugely beneficial to our groundskeeping operations in the future.”