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.