Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Vibration data is vital

Letters

I note that responsibility for hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is now to go back along the supply chain to clients and designers (NCE last week).

However, there seems to be a curious omission in responsibility when recent research shows that claims on vibration magnitude published by manufacturers are wildly optimistic.

The only guidance offered by the HSE seems to be a shrug of the shoulders and, '. . . it may be safer to double this figure [manufacturer's data] before using it for estimating daily exposures.' Surely the manufacturers of such potentially health damaging equipment are guilty of a breach of the Sale of Goods Act as a minimum and much more serious breaches of numerous articles of the various health and safety regulations at worst?

In order for all parties to act responsibly, the starting point must surely be reliable information. The HSE should be more proactive on this front to get accurate information into the market place. In fact, to give some real confidence, data from manufacturers should be based on well used (but properly maintained) items and not those straight off the factory floor.

David Close (M), principal engineer, Jacobs Babtie, Eden Office Park, 61 Macrae Road, Ham Green, Bristol, BS20 0DD

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.