Vibration exposure levels stricter from July

Lower limits on vibration exposure come into force on new equipment introduced from 6 July, designed to protect about two million employees from hand/arm vibration.

Employers are already required to reduce risks to the lowest practical level with existing equipment as part of transitional arrangements which end on 6 July 2010 under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.

Companies that fail to comply could face enforcement orders or court penalties.

The Engineering Employers Federation is running surgeries from July to help companies share practice on managing vibration risk at a conference hosted by the Department for Work and Pensions in London.

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