While numerous vibration inputs during our every day lives are pleasant, there are aspects of our lives which lead to discomfort. The degree (amplitude) and distribution (frequency) over time will dictate the levels of pleasure we attach to them.
Vibrations with high amplitude and low cycle frequency (< 1Hz), such as encountered on a boat at sea, cause motion sickness. Vibration levels with higher frequency levels affecting the hands and arms, such as those transmitted by a chain saw, eventually cause damage. Claims for compensation with miners receiving £500million have already been made.
Currently, there is no effective personal protective equipment, so the only option to minimise damage is by regular vibration assessments. Monitoring the levels of vibration received by a person’s hand when they are using a hand held tool can be measured using the GA2000 range of vibration meters from Castle Group. Data can be uploaded to a PC to provide accurate analysis.
Castle Group Ltd Tel: 01723 584250 Web: www.castlegroup.co.uk