HAV good practice controls

Hand arm vibration can be a significant health risk wherever powered hand tools are used for significant lengths of time. This is especially so in foundries construction and heavy fabrication including ship building.

HSE has identified some established good practice controls that can help to eliminate or reduce vibration risk in these industries and in others. HSE inspectors are promoting these controls during inspections in these sectors and will expect to see evidence of the elimination of vibration risks or of their reduction to the lowest level that is reasonably practicable. Where vibration risks remain, inspectors will be looking for evidence that the risks are being managed adequately and that suitable health surveillance is in place. Follow the industry links below for information on established good practice for managing HAV risks.

Each industry page includes:

  • Information on alternative processes to avoid/reduce use of vibrating equipment. In HSE's experience these are reasonably practicable in many circumstances.
  • Information on management of HAV risks where use of vibrating equipment is unavoidable
  • Links to further information & case studies

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