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Title: Hand-arm vibration reduction on construction sites David Smeatham Noise and Vibration Specialist Inspector, Manchester


1
Hand-arm vibration reduction on construction
sitesDavid SmeathamNoise and Vibration
Specialist Inspector, Manchester
2
What is HAVS?
  • Regular long term exposure to hand-arm vibration
    (HAV) disrupts blood circulation
  • Vascular
  • Neurological
  • Musculo-skeletal
  • Painful and disabling

3
Occupational Health
4
What does an employer need to do?
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regs 2005
  • Employers have duties to
  • Assess
  • Control
  • Information, Instruction and Training
  • Check

5
Avoid the use of hand held tools (examples)
Avoid the use of breakers!
Avoid scabbling!
6
Choosing the right tool
  • Availability of tools
  • Is it the best tool for the job?
  • Suitability
  • Efficiency
  • Is it low vibration?
  • Implement purchasing / hiring policy

7
Manage the exposure to HAV
  • Employers need to
  • estimate the vibration from the tool
  • Manufacturers data
  • Standards improving
  • Look at guidance
  • Trade Associations
  • Internet (databases)
  • Measurements (ISO 5349)
  • Time of use

8
Points and the regulations
100 points Action value- Reduce as far as you
can Provide training Provide health
surveillance 400 points -Limit value-
2007/2010 see leaflet
9
www.hse.gov.uk/vibration
10
Provide information
  • Information and training
  • Risks/symptoms
  • Control measures
  • Correct tool use
  • Keeping warm and dry (clothing gloves)
  • Avoid smoking
  • Keep equipment well maintained
  • Tools
  • Attachments

11
Health surveillance
  • Workers exposed to greater than the action value
    (100 points)
  • Tiered approach
  • Top tier is a self administered questionnaire
  • Referrals to competent person (e.g. qualified
    occupational nurse)

12
Any questions?
Thanks for listening!
www.hse.gov.uk/vibration
13
HAV reduction on construction sites
The role of the hire company Kevin MintonHire
Association Europe
14
  • Manufacturer
  • End user

15
  • Manufacturer
  • Hire company
  • End user

16
  • Manufacturer
  • Hire company
  • End user

Purchasing
17
Manufacturer Hire company End user
Purchasing Maintenance
18
  • Manufacturer
  • Hire company
  • End user

PurchasingMaintenanceAdvising
19
Manufacturer Hire company End user
PurchasingMaintenanceAdvisingTraining
20
Purchasing
  • Purchasing policy lead or follow demand?
  • Low vibration, high efficiency equipment
  • Maintenance advice
  • Training for fitters
  • HAV data measured in accordance with best
    available standards

21
Maintenance
  • Planned in accordance with manufacturers
    guidance
  • Take care over anti-vibration systems

22
Advising
  • Upstream active
  • Downstream point of hire - reactive

23
Advising upstream
  • Tool selection focussed on job and environment
  • holes not drills
  • HSE, manufacturers other sources

24
Advising at point of hire
  • Data in a useful format or formats
  • Colour coded
  • Time to action value, time to limit value
  • Vibration ms-2
  • HSE points

25
Advising at point of hire
  • Data on a label or swing-ticket
  • Figures from database
  • Advisory leaflet

26
Information system 2007
  • OLD
  • Green, amber, red
  • Each item had one colour set by 8-hour exposure
  • Transition between colours based on earlier
    guidance
  • NEW
  • Green, amber, red
  • Each item has green, amber and red times
  • Transitions based on action and limit values in
    regulations

27
Information system 2007
  • NEW
  • Green, amber, red
  • Each item has green, amber and red times
  • Transitions based on action and limit values in
    regulations

28
Advising
  • Training programme for end users, supervisors
  • Operation of equipment can affect vibration by
    factor of 10
  • Available on CD-ROM and flipover presenter

29
HAV reduction hire companys role
  • Purchasing
  • Maintenance
  • Advising
  • Training

30
HAV reduction hire companys role
  • Any questions?
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