Web Resource: The Physical Agents Portal
by Bryan Picco, AEP
The adverse health effects of excessive hand tool vibration exposure are well known. Several techniques aimed at controlling vibration exposure exist, including anti-vibration gloves and tool wrap. But these solutions often fail to address the root cause of the exposure: the tool itself. When replacing your current tool or purchasing a new one, ensure that exposure levels fall within acceptable ranges. For an 8-hour shift, the maximum level for segmental hand-arm vibration exposure to the operator is 4 m/s2 with an ideal level of 2.5 m/s2. The Physical Agents Portal is a great resource that allows you to cross check your tool’s vibration levels. All you need to know is the tool’s brand name and model number.