New Paper - Necessity of Wearable Personal Vibration Exposure Meters for Preventing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

A paper titled "Necessity of Wearable Personal Vibration Exposure Meters for Preventing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome" was presented by Profressor Setsuo Maeda at the 25th Japan Conference on Human Response to Vibration (JCHRV2017), Nagoya University, Daiko Campus, Nagoya, Japan,September 13-15, 2017.
The purpose of this paper is to clarify the limitations of 2002/44/EC Directive, ISO 5349-1 standard, and the Japanese Guidelines and to give some new solutions for preventing hand-arm vibration syndrome.
The paper was co-produced by;
Setsuo Maeda*, Jacqueline McLaughlin**, Leif Anderson**, Mark-Paul Buckingham**
*Department of Applied Sociology, Faculty of Applied Sociology, Kindai University, 3-4-1, Kowakae, Higashiosaka, Osaka, 577-8502, Japan
**Reactec Ltd. Vantage Point, 3 Cultins Road, Edinburgh EH11 4DF, UK
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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.”