Further Action On Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome has been requested by the BDA.
The British Drilling Association has identified the need to further address Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
The use of more and more powered tools creating vibration has lead to a greater increase in HAVS which can lead to painful disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints.
The BDA is reminding all members and those involved in drilling of the on-going need to be aware and address this issue, including adopting the correct procedures along with monitoring and recording to minimise risk.
Further, the BDA is urging the sector to undertake written risk assessments related to high risk operations such as rigs, and specifically when using vibrating hand tools.
Additionally, the organisation want employers who operate vibrating machinery to monitored closely exposure times and maintain on file.
Again, Martyn continued “Alternatives are available to using hydraulic or electric breakers”, and wants to see the adoption of excavator-mounted equipment where practical and feasible”.
Reducing exposure to vibrating equipment will reduce the number of injuries relating to their use and financially will benefit the industry by significantly reducing claims..
Further information on Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) can be found at the BDA website >>>
Or check the HSE Knowledge Base For Further Info On HAV’s. >>> http://www.hse.gov.uk/vibration/hav/index.htm