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:

BAM Nuttall - Roy Jackson, Senior Safety Advisor

“BAM Nuttall has always tried to stay on top of the issue of HAVS and ensure the safety of our workforce. In the past, we were trying to accurately estimate the amount of vibration that staff were exposed to ourselves, but this was a lengthy and time-consuming process and we knew that we needed a better system. “When we first introduced HAVmeters two years ago, we saw them as the best option to use to stay ahead of the game on vibration safety. The devices give us a valuable monitoring system that makes sure we know who is working with what machinery and for how long - and provides us with accurate, detailed records of what our teams are exposed to. “We now use HAVmeters in every project where our staff operate vibrating equipment and it is easily the best system on the market for monitoring HAV exposure. By using this equipment, we ensure that we not only keep our workforce safe from injury but also have a robust defence in place to protect ourselves from liability when it comes to vibration issues.”