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Whole body vibration checklist

Whole body vibration checklist

Recent legal changes require you to assess the risks arising from work activities that can cause whole body vibration. If you need some assistance in doing this, then use our checklist.

Whole body vibration

If you use machinery or vehicles which cause vibration throughout the body, a Whole Body Vibration Checklist can assist you in forming the basis of the risk assessments which are required under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 (CVWR). Its advantage is that it fits neatly onto one side of A4 and contains space for the individual completing it to sign and date it.

Identifying and reducing vibration levels

This checklist follows good risk assessment principles in that it prompts you to start by identifying if any staff are at risk of whole body vibration through work activities such as driving fork lift trucks or by working on vibrating machinery platforms. It then moves on to ways of reducing vibration levels, e.g. via job rotation or by providing vibration dampeners.

Other control measures

The second half of the checklist explores other control measures that you should have in place. These include having regular maintenance programmes to ensure that the equipment is working as designed and that staff have been trained in how to use it correctly. Other questions include whether you’ve given staff briefings on the warning signs to look out for with regards to ill-health symptoms.

 

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