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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 a hierarchy of control approach should be adopted to minimise 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 or whole-body vibration

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure personnel follow service procedures when operating equipment that can cause hand-arm or whole-body vibration

  • Consider rotating personnel using equipment that can cause hand-arm or whole-body vibration for long periods of time