An Insulation Evolution is upon us in Insulate Magazine Issue 13. Q-bot a Robot that applies sprayfoam insulation under floors is set to take the insulation world by storm. Also features compelling articles from regular columnists and insulation experts.
insulate columnist The effects of Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) in the Workplace Insulate Magazine columnist George Elliott, a technical specialist at science-based technology company 3M, explains ways of controlling HAV exposure levels in the workplace The repetitive use of power tools when placing insulation into walls, ceilings and thermal controlled areas exposes personnel to significant levels of Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV), a health hazard that almost two million people in the UK are exposed to in the workplace, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). HAV is the transmission of vibration from a piece of equipment or a tool into the body, resulting in potential injury and serious health conditions, if used for too long. The most commonly-associated health risk is hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), commonly manifested in Vibration White Finger, a painful and permanent condition that can lead to finger numbness, hand tingling and bone cysts. Users also often complain of a sore sensation and limited movement in the hands, commonly diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome. This musculoskeletal problem reduces the sufferer’s ability to manipulate objects. HAV damage is detrimental and irreversible, yet entirely preventable. Employers have a duty of care to their workforce, to ensure that they have adequate protective measures in place to control excessive HAV exposure. For this reason, the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations states a need for HAV-related risk assessments and requires consequential measures to be put in place to control such exposure. Continues page 20... 20