Pulsar Instruments plc
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Pulsar Instruments Plc April 2018 – Already well-known worldwide for their reliable and robust noise measurement products, Pulsar Instruments is extending their current health and safety focused product ranges to include a hand arm vibration meter – the Pulsar vB.
Measuring individuals’ exposure to vibration from the use of power tools and machinery is becoming even more important in the workplace. Workers exposed to excess vibration can end up with significant conditions related to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) including painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints such as Vibration White Finger and vibration related Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 requires that employers make sure that risks to employees from vibration are assessed and controlled. With this is mind we believe that the Pulsar vB is the only vibration meter you’ll need, it’s fully compliant with the Regulations, and it will help you accurately measure the vibration levels of your tools, and the exposure levels to your employees.
The Pulsar vB:
Can you afford not to measure vibration?
To give you some idea of the scale of the issue, in a 1999 study by the UK MRC 4.8 million people worldwide were estimated to be at risk of HAVS, of these c. 1.7m exposed above the EAV, and c. 1m exposed above the ELV. HSE estimates that in the UK 2 million people are a risk of vibration exposure everyday and that VWF claims now represent 9% of all employers’ liability cases, and it is the most reported injury under RIDDOR.
The UK HSE research indicates that it costs a company between £7000 and £36,000 to process every £1000 paid out in claims. A significant proportion of this cost is a consequence of both the quality and the difficulties inherent in extracting historical information from past assessments in different formats.
Recent High profile compensation claims* include:
*(not including legal costs)
To start tackling HAVS in your workplace and ensure your employees are protected from vibration exposure injuries contact Pulsar Instruments today Phone: 01723 518 011, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vibration Regulations include an exposure action value (EAV) and an exposure limit value (ELV). Employers’ duties are to reduce the risks from vibration to the lowest level reasonably practicable and to reduce exposure to as low as is reasonably practicable if it is above the EAV. You must not allow exposures to exceed the ELV. If you comply with the Vibration Regulations you will prevent disability from HAVS and vibration-related CTS. In the UK, certain cases of HAVS and all cases of vibration-related CTS must be reported to HSE in accordance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).
More information for employers can be found in HSE’s publication “Hand-arm vibration at work a brief guide”
HAVS Facts (HSE 2018)
High profile compensation claims* include:
*(not including legal costs)