The Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) has alerted employers to new laws designed to limit Hand Arm Vibration and coming into effect on July 6th.
The the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations of 2005 will limit vibrations inflicted on workers. From July 6th, the first transition ends, and all new equipment must conform to the new regulations.By 6 July 2010, all equipment must conform to the new regulations. For hands-arm vibrations, the daily exposure limit is 5m/s2. For whole-body vibration, the daily exposure limit is 1.15m/s2.Limiting vibration exposure could hit up to 2M workers. The EEF worries that employers who fail to keep up with the laws could be open to prosecution.Steve Walter, EEF Health & Safety Adviser said, 'Vibration in the workplace can create a long term risk to health which may be more difficult to deal with compared to the more obvious risk of accidents.Employers may be unaware its effects until it is too late and the penalties for the unwary could be severe.'The EEF is working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to warn companies about the new law, and will launch a series of workshops in July to explain the new law, and a workforce involvement project to spread best practice in how to reduce vibrations.