Hand, Arm & Whole Body Vibration Resources


What is vibration white finger?

Vibration white finger, also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome, is one of the causes of Raynaud phenomenon. The syndrome affects the blood vessels, nerves, muscles, joints and connective tissue of the hand, wrist and arm.


Whole body vibration calculator - HSE

The Vibration Calculator is used to calculate the risk of WBV (Whole Body Vibration) in the workplace. It calculates the daily vibration exposure that an employee is subjected to allowing the employee to analyse the risk and an employer to meet health and safety requirements.


Not so good vibrations

Over recent years there has been a noticeable increase in prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failures to adequately manage the risk from vibration and where Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) has been suffered by employees.


L140 Hand-arm vibration The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005

Guidance on Regulations L140 (Second edition) Published 2019. The book looks at the employer’s legal obligations to control risks to employees’ health and safety from exposure to HAV and to prevent HAV-related diseases such as hand-arm vibration syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Hand, arm vibration - a guide for employees INDG296

This pocket card is aimed at people who use handheld powered work equipment or

work-pieces which vibrate while being processed by powered machinery, such as pedestal grinders.  


Drive away bad backs - INDG404

Back pain may be made worse by driving for a long time in a poorly adjusted seat, jolting and jarring from rough roads (whole-body vibration) and by manual handling.  

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8 questions about vibration exposure monitoring

The following Q&A for employers addresses why HSE advises that such monitoring is unlikely to be necessary.  


Sources of vibration magnitude data

An HSE paper written to assist you in selecting suitable vibration magnitude data.  


Hand, arm vibration exposure calculator HSE


Whole body vibration in ports


Hand, arm vibration in amenity horticulture INDG480 (2019)


WBV - The control of vibration at work regulations 2005 (L141 2005)


Hand, arm vibration at work - a brief guide INDG175 (rev3)

This leaflet explains what you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your employees from the risk of hand-arm vibration. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives.

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Vibration solutions - HSG170 

 Practical ways to reduce the risk of hand/arm vibration injury.  


Hand, arm vibration in foundries

This booklet is aimed at all levels of management, safety officers, safety representatives and others within the foundry industry who may require guidance on how to reduce the risks of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).  


Whole body vibration in agriculture AIS20 (rev2)

This information sheet describes how whole-body vibration (WBV) from agricultural work can cause back pain. It explains what action employers, employees and the self-employed can take to reduce exposure to WBV and comply with their legal duties under health and safety legislation.