Vibration Information

Vibration Information

DEWALT 's range of Power Tools offer leading vibration levels. DEWALT continues to use innovative technologies to continuously reduce the vibration to which workers are exposed.

The Law

The European Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive 2002/44/EC has been in force in all EU member states since July 6th 2005. This directive introduced ‘Control of Vibration at Work’ regulations, placing duties on employers to protect workers from vibration and reduce exposure levels.

Exposure to vibration can cause long-term health risks

The Directive was brought in to protect workers from the health problems caused by Hand Arm Vibration – exposure may result in a range of ill health effects collectively known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome or HAVS. The most well known health effect is vibration white finger, but other effects include damage to sensory nerves, muscles and joints in the hands and arms.

Who is at risk?

Those who regularly operate high vibration equipment over long periods of time.

Controlling the risks

The risks can be controlled by good management such as using the correct tool for the job. This requires employers to carry out various duties including

  • Reducing exposure to a minimum
  • Providing information and training
  • Assessing exposure levels
  • Carrying out measurements and reducing exposure, as well as providing health surveillance when the 'Exposure Action Value' has been reached
  • Keeping exposure below 'Exposure Action Value' limit