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Vibration meters provide extremely accurate personalised data for all equipment

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nov dec 17 26Vibration meters provide extremely accurate personalised data for all equipment

Regular exposure to hand-arm vibration can cause a range of conditions known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), which includes white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome and whole body vibration (WBV) which can cause or aggravate back, abdomen, muscular, digestive, fatigue and vision problems. There are several options for tackling these issues and preventing potentially life-altering conditions. (Read More)


Using tool manufacturer data for vibration can be unreliable as there is no requirement to measure a tool in operation if exposure is below the current Exposure Action Value (EAV) of 2.5m/s2.

Databases of vibration levels for tools provide some general data with “real world” measurements of tools being used in common tasks. This can help with initial management, but the vibration magnitude can be greatly affected by a tool’s condition, for example the bearing or disc quality, or the task for which it’s being used, so accuracy is easily compromised.

The only true way of gauging and managing vibration is measurement. Vibration meters provide extremely accurate personalised data for all equipment used by individual employees in any specific application with solid, measurable, repeatable data.

The latest meters are worn on the hand, body or underneath a seated employee. They measure real-time data logged over the course of an entire day, accurately measuring an individual’s exposure through each task.

Across many applications including construction, demolition and remediation there is an increasing requirement to monitor indoor and outdoor building or ground vibration, often combined with noise monitoring. Here, the latest technology can run unmanned for several days and send live data back to base for continuous reporting.

Over the last ten years significant improvements have made and managing vibration exposure has become a relatively straightforward task. Consequently most employers have a clearer understanding of the risk and use data in conjunction with systems such as the HSE Points guidelines to manage occupational exposure.

Shawcity has a wide range of vibration monitoring equipment from the world’s leading manufacturers available to hire or buy and our team can advise you on the right products for your specific application.

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