Vibration Assessment of Plant

Employers must ensure that the plant and tools used by their workers offers adequate vibration control so that workers are not exposed to unacceptable levels of whole-body vibration (WBV) and hand-arm vibration (HAV).

Excessive vibration from machines such as excavators, bob cats, jack hammers and impact wrenches is associated with the development of musculoskeletal disorders. Even trucks and light vehicles can be problematic under some conditions. The only way to know whether plant is operated within acceptable levels of exposure is with a vibration assessment and survey.

ISO 2631:1 1997 Mechanical vibration and shock – evaluation of human exposure to whole-body vibration was adopted by Australia in 2001 as, AS2670-2001 Evaluation of human exposure to whole-body vibration. Long term exposure to high amplitude whole-body vibration (WBV) is associated with a range of adverse health effects, particularly back pain while hand-arm vibration (HAV) is associated with a range of upper limb overuse conditions such as tennis elbow and ‘white knuckle’ syndrome.

Back on Track’s consultants conduct onsite risk assessments and provide succinct advice to employers regarding the vibration exposure of workers operating machines, vehicles and plant.