HSE L141 Whole-body vibration

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L141 Whole-body vibration

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L141 Whole-body vibration
The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. Guidance on Regulations.

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Regulatory guidance reflecting the fact that exposure to whole-body vibration (WBV), particularly large shocks and jolts, is a back-pain health risk for employees driving mobile machines or other work vehicles over poor surfaces as a main part of their job. Accordingly, this documents employers' duties to control health risks to their employees from exposure to WBV under, what are commonly known as, the Vibration Regulations.

Particularly relevant to employers in industries where there may be a WBV health risk, notably agriculture, construction, forestry, mines and quarries. Risks may also exist where industrial trucks are used to transport materials, e.g. in factories, depots, warehouses and docks - especially where ground surfaces are in poor condition or drivers use inadequate techniques. 

Related reading for L141

Related Publications:

L23 Manual handling. Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended]. Guidance on Regulations (Third edition)
HSE Books 2004 ISBN 071762823X

BS EN lSO 12096: 1997
Mechanical vibration. Declaration and verification of vibration emission values
British Standards Institution

BS EN 1032: 2003
Mechanical vibration. Testing of mobile machinery in order to determine the vibration emission value
British Standards Institution

BS EN 13490: 2002
Mechanical vibration. Industrial trucks. Laboratory evaluation and specification o( operator seat vibration
British Standards Institution

ISO 2631-1: 1997
Mechanical vibration and shock. Evaluation o( human exposure to whole-body vibration.
Part 1: General requirements
International Organization for Standardization

Further details

This book is mainly concerned with the health risks from WBV, it also suggests that you try to prevent back pain in your employees by taking a holistic approach which includes managing the other risks of back pain.

For example, there may risks of back pain where a mobile-machine driver may be forced to adopt a strained posture in the vehicle cab for long periods, or where their duties include frequently loading or unloading a vehicle manually. Tackling all these risk factors together is more likely to succeed in eliminating back problems in your workforce.

More information can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/vibration

General health and safety regulations, supported by HSE guidance, have required employers to control the risks from vibration and protect their employees since the early 1990s. However, the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 now place specific duties on employers.

The Vibration Regulations are based on a European Union Directive requiring similar basic laws throughout the
Union on reducing the risks of vibration-related diseases.

If employers comply with the Vibration Regulations and follow HSE's guidance, it will be possible to stop employees developing advanced stages of these diseases.

The requirements are straightforward and will easy for employers to carry out.

The legal duties described in this book are in addition to the general obligations to safeguard workers' health (including the effects of vibration) which employers have had since 1975 under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (the HSW Act).

These general obligations also apply to safeguarding the health of people who are not employees, such as students, voluntary workers, visitors and members of the public. Employees also have duties under the HSW
Act to take care of their own health and safety and that of others whom their work may affect; and to co-operate with employers so that they may comply with health and safety law.

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