B Part 6 Hand, Arm, Vibration Syndrome By J Mc Cann

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B Part 6 Hand, Arm, Vibration Syndrome By J Mc Cann

  1. 1. HAND, ARM, VIBRATION SYNDROME. WORK RELATED UPPER LIMB DISORDERS (WRULD) By James McCann
  2. 2. VIBRATION Exposure to vibrations transmitted into  the operator from prolonged, frequent use of power tools such as;
  3. 3. POWER TOOLS Road breaking drills,  Hand held grinders,  Lawn mowers,  Strimmers  Hand drills  Chainsaws  Sanders  Riveting hammers  Swaging machines 
  4. 4. Or from processes where the operator is holding something in contact with a power source i.e.  Pedestal mounted grinding equipment,  Bench saws etc.
  5. 5. INJURIES Can lead to a range of permanent injuries  including damage to; Blood Circulatory system in the hand  (vibration white finger) Sensory nerves  Musculoskeletal. 
  6. 6. Symptoms include; Very painful blanching of the fingers  (triggered by the cold or wet) Numbness, tingling, loss of sense of  touch and temperature. Loss of strength / grip and manual  dexterity.
  7. 7. EXPOSURE Persons affected must avoid further  exposure to vibration, cold or wet conditions.
  8. 8. NOTIFICATION RIDDOR On written notification from a Doctor that  an employee is affected by HAV syndrome you must as the employer notify the relevant enforcing authority as required by THE REPORTING OF INJURIES DISEASES DANGEROUS OCCURENCES REGULATIONS 1995
  9. 9. YOU MUST To avoid worsening of the condition you  will also need to take steps to reduce further exposure of the injured person to vibration.
  10. 10. AVOIDING THE RISK OF INJURY Control measures such as;  Alternative ways of working which eliminate or reduce the use of vibrating equipment  Use lower rated equipment measured in units of metres per seconds squared, m/s 2  Minimise exposure  Use jigs and clamps  Good maintenance  Ergonomics i.e. posture, tool design and support,

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