Hand-Arm and Whole-Body Vibration

Constant exposure to vibration is known to cause health problems such as back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, vibration white finger and vascular disorders. Vibration related injuries are especially prevalent in occupations that require outdoor work, such as forestry, farming, transportation, shipping and construction.
There are two types of vibration exposure:

  1. Whole-Body Vibration (WBV): it is vibration transmitted to the entire body via the seat or the feet, or both, often through driving or riding in motor vehicles or through standing on vibrating floors;

  2. Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV): it is limited to the hands and arms and usually results from the use of power hand tools and from vehicle controls.

Employers have the responsibility to identify hazards arising from the physical working environment, including vibration. Once vibration hazards have been identified, employers must assess the risk of harm to the health or safety of employees in the workplace and review controls as appropriate.

Our expertise

Our occupational vibration assessment capability is supported by comprehensive and high quality measurement services, including conducting exposure surveys to determine the extent of both WBV and HAV exposures and to assist employers in reducing vibration hazards for personnel at risk.

For further information regarding occupational vibration assessments, please contact:

Alan Sparks: 0407 249 231