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:

Interlink M74 Project - David Teasdale, Site Foreman

“I couldn’t believe the HAVmeter could survive those conditions. When we saw it slip into a flooded cavity, we thought we’d never see it again. However, when we found it again two months later, we just took it out, wiped it down, and carried on using it. It is a very impressive and resilient piece of technology.”