Hand-arm vibration in amenity horticulture and how to control the risk
- Date of publication:
- March 2019
- Series code:
This guidance is aimed at employers in amenity horticulture. It explains how to protect workers from the risk of hand-arm vibration.
Hand-arm vibration is vibration transmitted into workers' hands and arms, for example by hand-held and guided power tools, such as hedge trimmers and powered mowers.
Regular and frequent exposure to hand-arm vibration can lead to permanent ill health. The two main health conditions associated with hand-arm vibration exposure are:
- hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
- carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
The guidance will help employers:
- identify when exposure may cause harm
- understand how to comply with the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
- take practical steps to control the vibration risk