Reducing exposure, reducing harm

Workers who are regularly exposed to hand arm vibration may suffer from symptoms due to pathological effects on the peripheral vascular system, peripheral nervous system, muscles and other tissues of the hand and arm. The symptoms are collectively known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).

Whole Body Vibration (WBV) can be transmitted to workers through the seat or feet of mobile machines, work vehicles or vibrating surfaces. This can cause a range health risks including back pain.

Vibration at work tests, sometimes referred to as Hand Arm and Whole Body Vibration assessments, are carried out in accordance with Regulation 7 of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, which specifies “exposure action values” and “exposure limit values”. They require employers to reduce exposure to harmful levels of vibration to a minimum.

Exova's occupational hygienists possess the appropriate qualifications from the British Occupational Hygiene Society’s Faculty of Occupational Hygiene and have experience across a wide range of industries in the UK and Ireland conducting hand arm (HAV) and whole body vibration (WBV) testing.

Ground vibration

We also provide a service for monitoring vibration in the ground that enables proactive control of vibration whilst works are on-going. The service ensures the protection of customers' properties from potential structural damage due to the activities being carried out. In addition, more sensitive vibration techniques can be used for measuring vibration/noise from wet/dry wells at customer properties.