Hand Arm and Whole Body Vibration Assessment

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and Whole-Body Vibration Syndrome (WBVS) can have serious, negative impacts on a person's health. This type of vibration is common, not only in environments such as construction sites, where the use of power tools is part of everyday activities but is also present in a variety of other industries. In order to manage and reduce the health problems associated with vibrations, it is important to carry out Hand-Arm and Whole Body Vibration testing and assessments.

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is one of the results of being exposed over long periods of time to this type of vibration. This syndrome manifests itself in various forms, which can include symptoms such as tingling and numbness in the hands and fingers, vibration induced white-fingers (VWF), arthritis or tendinitis.

In order to minimise the impacts of vibration on humans, restrictions on the level of exposure which humans should be exposed to have been put in place by governments and local authorities. The amount of exposure is determined by the intensity of the vibration as well as the length of time an individual is exposed to such vibration. It is therefore crucial to monitor these parameters.

Xi possesses the skills and expertise required to undertake vibration monitoring campaigns for varying lengths of time. In addition to long-term monitoring equipment, such as geophones and accelerometers,  vibration dosemeters such as HAVwear or HAVpro can be used for short-term monitoring. The latter instruments are designed to be used by anyone to monitor the levels of vibration they are being exposed to. To ensure a measurement campaign fulfills the requirements and procedures to yield quantifiable and quantitative data, international standards such as Hand-arm vibration – The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 and BS 5228, BS 6472-1 are followed.

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