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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:

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.”