Best Practice

LOCATION: Company-wide ARTICLE YEAR 2004
ACTIVITY: Occupational Health COMPANY: Lafarge Aggregates
SUB ACTIVITY: Air and dust COMPANY LOCATION: Lafarge Contracting, Leicestershire
BEST PRACTICE No: BP205 COMPANY TEL: 0116 230 4041
Hand arm vibration – addressing the risks
When Lafarge Contracting conducted a thorough survey of plant and equipment to identify and categorise the exposure rates, it decided that more needed to be done to raise awareness about – and hopefully reduce – hand arm vibration.

The safety department at this Mountsorrel site was set a number of tasks, which it responded to with the following changes:

• purchasing improved equipment, such as a replacement for the heavy duty breaker and a vibration
• reviewing current work methods and amending to reduce operatives’ exposure to hand arm vibration
• identifying those in the workforce who may have symptoms of hand arm vibration and carrying out
further medical examinations and monitoring with the help of an occupational medical company
• developing a toolbox talk
• developing a training package
• making presentations at national safety days.

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