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:

AMEY North Lanarkshire - Gerry Kennedy, Roads Manager

“Before the HAVmeter, we relied on manual input, with a guy basically using his memory at the end of the day for the time that he has spent using vibratory tools. With the HAVmeter, we have an accurate, user friendly piece of kit which allows us to manage HAV more easily. It really is a Health and Safety Management tool. We have been able to make major savings through cutting out administrative costs.”