The Dangers Of Vibrating Tools

The Dangers Of Vibrating Tools

The following relates to​ anyone involved with any vibrator or​ vibrating tool for more than a​ few hours a​ day on​ a​ regular basis,​ light use of​ vibrators and vibrating tools is​ not considered a​ health risk. it​ is​ important to​ note that Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) caused by exposure to​ vibration at​ work is​ preventable,​ but once the​ damage is​ done it​ is​ permanent. the​ Control of​ Vibration at​ Work Regulations 2005 were introduced to​ better protect workers from vibration at​ work and came into force in​ July 2005.

The risk is​ greater for vibrator tools such as:

Concrete breakers,​ concrete pokers;
Sanders,​ grinders,​ disc cutters;
Hammer drills;
Chipping hammers;
Chainsaws,​ brush cutters,​ hedge trimmers,​
Powered mowers;
Scabblers or​ needle guns;

Although it​ is​ important to​ note that the​ above is​ not an​ exhaustive list.

The most common first sign of​ affliction due to​ HAVS is​ a​ numbness or​ tingling in​ the​ fingers,​ this may be more apparent in​ the​ evenings when you try to​ sleep. Lack of​ sensitivity in​ the​ fingers and a​ general dull feeling or​ lack of​ strength in​ your hand (particularly while gripping objects) can be a​ sure sign of​ the​ onset of​ HASV. Once these symptoms appear it​ is​ important that you stop the​ use of​ any vibrator and seek medical advice,​ failure to​ do this and continued use of​ vibrating tools can lead to​ complete lack of​ feeling in​ the​ hand not only in​ the​ finger tips (commonly called white finger syndrome).

All fields of​ work are affected by this syndrome and it​ is​ vital that employers and employees quickly recognise this in​ order to​ stem the​ problem before it​ goes beyond treatment. Again,​ should you feel any of​ the​ above symptoms it​ is​ imperative you contact your local GP and discontinue the​ use of​ the​ vibrator.

Below is​ a​ list of​ common jobs which are often affected by HAVS:

Building and maintenance of​ roads and railways;
Estate management (eg maintenance of​ grounds,​ parks,​ water courses,​ road and railside verges);
Heavy engineering;
Manufacturing concrete products;
Mines and quarries;
Motor vehicle manufacture and repair;
Public utilities (eg water,​ gas,​ electricity,​ telecommunications);
Shipbuilding and repair.

In reaction to​ this problem,​ most manufacturers of​ vibrators have upgraded or​ completely redeveloped current models to​ be classed as​ low vibration tools. You can protect yourself by always using the​ right tool for the​ job and maintain each tool to​ it's optimum level of​ performance.

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