Vibration is a major topic that the power tool industry are working hard to provide solutions for, even more so since the EU Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive 2002/44/EC came into force. This directive deals with risks from vibration at work and has been implemented in the UK under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.
What Dangers Can Vibration Pose?
When using a power tool, vibration is produced as a by-product of that process.
Vibration used to be something that was overlooked by employers and employees alike. However, with the effects of vibration being revealed, it was necessary for manufacturers and employers to take a serious stance to protect the workforce. The vibration magnitude is the frequency weighted acceleration value measured in m/s2.
If steps are not taken to limit the amount of vibration a machine produces and the level of exposure an individual receives, then injuries such as Vibration White Finger (VWF) will occur through Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV). This can potentially leave employers open to leal issues. In July 2005 the Physical Agents Directive became UN law. The law meant that all power tools had to have their vibration levels measured and that information to be made available to anyone. This information helps towards educating the operator to understand how long they can safely operate a machine.
However, it is not only important to produce a machine which limits or even elminiates any danger to the operator, it is also vital that the operator and contracting companies are educated in the risks and prevention techniques surrounding vibration hazards. Makita provides the right tool for the job whilst making that tool as safe to use as technologically possible. It is vital you equip your workforce with the safest products available. A safe product means a longer operational time thanks to reduced vibration figures. Working with a safer machine makes the operator confident which in turn will enable them to perform to the maximum of their abilities resulting in a superior finish at the end of a task.
Makita Vibration Calculator
Vibration in the workplace is a serious risk that any power tool user should take seriously. Without the proper precautions taken, permanent damage can be incurred such as White Finger.
At Makita, we are very much aware of the hazards vibration can present, which is why we provide a way to keep track of your exposure to vibration on a daily basis, the Makita Vibration Calculator.
With this app you can find out just how much of a standard daily allowance you are being exposed to for each tool you use. Built with HSE standards, you simply enter the vibration value of the tool (either manually or from a list of Makita products), how long you expect for trigger time and the Makita Vibration Calculator works out the rest.
With built in warnings for when you might be approaching dangerous levels, we hope that with our help, less people will succumb to the problems caused by vibration.
Know Your Facts, Wherever You Are
Download our handy Vibration Card, print it off and keep it handy for when you're working. It has all the information you'll need to keep yourself safe and within the boundaries of vibration exposure.Download Vibration Card