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Vibration Monitoring

Vibration Monitoring

Vibration Monitoring: The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 Part 5 Chapter 2 of the 2007 Regulations specifically addresses Control of Vibration at Work.

The Regulations cover risks posed by exposure to excessive levels of vibration from machinery and will be enforced by the Health and Safety Authority. the regulations contain a minimum level of protection for employees and are made under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

The regulations set what are termed as ‘exposure action values’ i.e. the level of exposure which if exceeded requires specific action to be taken to reduce risk. Also ‘exposure limit values’ which are the levels of daily exposure which must not be exceeded for any employee. An employer must ensure that the risk arising from exposure of his or her employees to noise or vibration is either eliminated at source or reduced to a minimum. Where employees are likely to be exposed at or above a lower action value an employer must make a suitable and appropriate assessment of risk.

How will Safecon measure machinery vibration in your workplace?

A Safecon consultant will visit your premises to observe the work activities and assess the risk due to vibration (HAV and WBV). The specific tools and machines used during work will be identified, typical exposure times will be confirmed and existing controls identified. Measurements using vibration meters (accelerometers) can also be arranged.

A detailed assessment report will be issued. The report will provide the results of the assessment and observations made during the visit.

The workers exposure to vibration will be compared to the daily exposure limit values and daily exposure action values. Practical recommendations on how to reduce employee exposure to both HAV and WBV will be included.

How do I know if Vibration monitoring is needed in our place of work?

  • Do your employees routinely use hand-held power tools?
  • Have any of your employees reported numbness or tingling in their fingers or hand after using power tool?
  • Do you use heavy duty machinery ?

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