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HSE to crack down on vibration


THE HEALTH and Safety Executive will focus on hand-arm vibration for the first time in a series of 'blitzes' on construction sites this month.

As part of the HSE's Healthy Handling programme, inspectors will look at how sites approach the risk from vibration tools, alongside manual handling, site organisation and cement handling.

The inspectors are to look for evidence that sites have proper risk assessments for hand-arm vibration on each job, covering factors such as the selection of tools and exposure of workers.

HSE vibration policy adviser Brian Coles said that generally good practice would be required, rather than dramatic changes in culture.

He said: 'It is all about demonstrating you have thought about how long workers are using the tools for, providing evidence that you have selected the right equipment for the job and that you are using sharp tools, properly maintained.

'As a rule of thumb, if workers are using a hammer action tool for more than 30 minutes of actual drill time a day, or a rotary action tool for more than two hours, you should consider control measures.'