Is a major workplace hazard which includes two main forms. Vibration from work with powered hand-held tools and equipment can damage the hands and arms, leading to ‘hand-arm vibration syndrome’. This is an irreversible condition, which includes ‘vibration white finger’. The effects include impaired blood circulation, damage to nerves and muscles, and the loss of ability to grip properly. The second form is whole body vibration, which occurs when driving or riding over rough terrain and which can lead to back problems. In the UK, there are no specific regulations to minimize vibration risk, though it is covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992. The Health and Safety Commission has issued advice on how to avoid vibration problems. [See also industrial injury.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.