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Hand-arm vibration reduction on construction sites David Smeatham Noise and Vibration Specialist Inspector, Manchester. What is HAVS?. Regular long term exposure to hand-arm vibration (HAV) disrupts blood circulation Vascular Neurological Musculo-skeletal Painful and disabling.

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Hand-arm vibration reduction on construction sitesDavid SmeathamNoise and Vibration Specialist Inspector, Manchester

what is havs
What is HAVS?
  • Regular long term exposure to hand-arm vibration (HAV) disrupts blood circulation
    • Vascular
    • Neurological
    • Musculo-skeletal
  • Painful and disabling
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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
avoid the use of hand held tools examples
Avoid the use of hand held tools (examples)

Avoid the use of breakers!

Avoid scabbling!

choosing the right tool
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
manage the exposure to hav
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
points and the regulations
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

provide information
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
health surveillance
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)
any questions
Any questions?

Thanks for listening!

www.hse.gov.uk/vibration

hav reduction on construction sites
HAV reduction on construction sites

The role of the hire company

Kevin MintonHire Association Europe

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Manufacturer

End user

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Manufacturer

Hire company

End user

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Manufacturer

Hire company

End user

Purchasing

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Manufacturer

Hire company

End user

Purchasing

Maintenance

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PurchasingMaintenanceAdvising

Manufacturer

Hire company

End user

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Manufacturer

Hire company

End user

PurchasingMaintenanceAdvisingTraining

purchasing
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]
maintenance
Maintenance
  • Planned in accordance with manufacturer’s guidance
  • Take care over anti-vibration systems
advising
Advising
  • Upstream – active
  • Downstream – point of hire - reactive
advising upstream
Advising upstream
  • Tool selection focussed on job and environment
  • “… holes not drills …”
  • HSE, manufacturers’ & other sources
advising at point of hire
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
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Advising at point of hire
  • Data on a label or swing-ticket
  • Figures from database
  • Advisory leaflet
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

Information system 2007
information system 200727
Information system 2007
  • NEW
  • Green, amber, red
  • Each item has green, amber and red times
  • Transitions based on action and limit values in regulations
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Advising
  • Training programme for end users, supervisors
    • Operation of equipment can affect vibration by factor of [10]
  • Available on CD-ROM and flipover presenter
hav reduction hire company s role
HAV reduction – hire company’s role
  • Purchasing
  • Maintenance
  • Advising
  • Training