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A Guide to Hand-arm Vibration (1st Edition)

Dr David J. Edwards and Dr Gary D. Holt

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A Guide to Hand-arm Vibration (1st Edition)
Item Code:  PUB-008
ISBN:  0-947974-32-6
Published:  2005
Publisher:  Off-highway Plant and Equipment Research Centre (OPERC), Loughborough University Press.
Pages:  28 (Softback)
Price:  £0.00   
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Produced in association with Hilti (Gt Britain) Ltd.

Hand-arm vibration (HAV) is concerned with the transmission of vibration into operatives’ hands and arms. Typically, this results from using mechanical hand-held tools at work such as drills, saws and grinders.

The risk to operatives from exposure to HAV is negative health effects. These effects tend to be related to impaired blood circulation and damage to nerves and muscles particularly, in the hands and lower arms. The most commonly known conditions from HAV exposure are Vibration White Finger (VWF) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). The guide looks in more detail at these and other HAV medical symptoms.

VWF was first linked to the use of pneumatic tools in 1911 and the awareness of VWF and its causes grew with increasing use of electrical power (tools) and other forms of mechanisation through the early part of the 20th Century. Knowledge of HAV increased throughout the Century and in 1985 VWF became a reportable disease under RIDDOR. VWF is but one of a range of medical conditions that can result from HAV exposure; and more detailed statistics on the extent of such negative health are presented within the guide.

Following a European Union Health and Safety Directive, the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations (CVWR, 2005) have more recently brought HAV under UK workplace health and safety statute. (The new Regulations also cover whole-body vibration (WBV) but WBV is beyond the scope of this guide on HAV - see OPERC publication A Guide to Whole-body Vibration).

In view of increased HAV ‘awareness’ and more recently, its ‘formalisation’ under the umbrella of UK workplace health and safety law, this guide provides a concise overview of current HAV knowledge combined with practical advice for meeting the requirements of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 (hand-arm vibration).

Much of what is presented results from OPERC’s leading-edge research into HAV.

If you have any queries regarding Hand-arm Vibration, then please contact the OPERC Administrator. Email: [email protected]