Employee Information and Training

What information and training do I have to give to my employees?

You should provide your employees with information on:

  • the health effects of hand-arm vibration;
  • sources of hand-arm vibration;
  • whether they are at risk, and if so whether the risk is high (above the ELV), medium (above the EAV) or low;
  • the risk factors (eg the levels of vibration, daily exposure duration, regularity of exposure over weeks, months and years);
  • how to recognise and report symptoms;
  • the need for health surveillance, how it can help them remain fit for work, how you plan to provide it, how you plan to use the results and the confidentiality of the results;
  •     ways to minimise risk including:
  1. changes to working practices to reduce vibration exposure;
  2. correct selection, use and maintenance of equipment;
  3. correct techniques for equipment use, how to reduce grip force etc;
  4. maintenance of good blood circulation at work by keeping warm and massaging fingers and, if possible, cutting down on smoking.

You should consult your safety or employee representative on your proposals for training and information.

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.”