HAVS

Assumed Vibration Data or Continuous Measuring and Monitoring?

When conducting your HAVS risk assessments, there are 2 main pieces of information that are used to assess risk: vibration magnitude and exposure time. Typically, there are two types of vibration magnitude data that can be used; assumed data or continuously measured and monitored data. The issue of using assumed data verses continuously measured and …

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Latest HAVS Statistics

In November 2022, the HSE released the first complete set of health and safety statistics since the pandemic. Included was a full breakdown of the latest HAVS statistics which tell a story of significant concern. For a full breakdown of these statistics, they can be found on the HSE website, alternatively, you can drill down …

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HAVS health surveillance for Occupational Health Professionals

It is the responsibility of Occupational Health Professionals to manage the HAVS health surveillance programme within organisations where the risk of vibration exposure needs to be managed. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has set out guidelines to help Occupational Health professionals manage this complex and difficult to diagnose health condition, commonly known as HAVS …

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A HSE Project: Alternative processes to grinding to lower or eliminate vibration exposure

In the HSEs latest project, they have been looking at alternative processes to grinding due to the ill-health effects caused by the vibration exposure of such activities. The project shows that real-use vibration magnitude measurements on angle grinders consistently give values between 7 to 9 m/s². Vibration levels in this range increase the risk of …

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HSE Vibration Levels: What are they and why are they important?

HSE vibration levels are set to protect workers who operate vibration-emitting tools, particularly hand tools (there are limits for whole body vibration but we will cover these in another article).  The limits are set by the HSE, who are the governing body that regulate the exposure to vibration levels for operatives. Vibration exposure is limited …

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