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What are vibrations?
Mechanical oscillations (synonym: percussions, vibrations) are one of the physical environmental factors to which people can be exposed at their place of work.
What are the effects?
An estimated 4.4 million workers in Germany are exposed to hand-arm vibrations. Many years of intensive exposure to hand-arm vibration can have chronic effects, i.e. health damage to humans.
What does the law say?
Since the European Vibration Directive 2002/44/EC (DIRECTIVE 2002/44/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 25 June 2002) came into force companies throughout Europe have been obliged to carry out a risk analysis for workplaces with vibration loads since working with vibrating hand-held and manually-guided tools can jeopardise the health and safety of the operating personnel.
How are vibrations measured?
The vibrations that occur are measured as acceleration characteristics in the dimension m/s² in each of the three spatial directions x, y, z in a defined frequency range.
In order to improve employee protection against vibration loads, Rhodius has developed a low-cost model that reduces vibrations by up to 30%.