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Control measure
Reduce risk from exposure to vibration

Control measure knowledge

The assessment of the risk to health created by vibration at the workplace is a legal requirement and the regulations establish exposure limit values and action values. Preplanning should consider the magnitude, type and duration of exposure, manufacturer's information and working conditions such as low temperatures. In a dynamic operational environment incident commanders should apply a hierarchy of control approach to minimising risk from hand arm and whole body vibration.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Assess and identify measures to eliminate or reduce risk from exposure to hand-arm vibration
  • Carry out strategic risk assessments to identify foreseeable hazards within their area and identify control measures that eliminate or reduce risk
  • Consider the provision of or access to engineering controls that can assist with manual handling tasks

  • Develop service policy and procedures for the acquisition, application and maintenance of operational competency

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure that all personnel follow service procedures when operating equipment
  • Consider rotating crews using equipment for long periods of time