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Noise and Vibration

Hand Arm Vibration

Regular exposure to vibration from hand-held tools or vibrating equipment can cause several kinds of injury to the hands and arms and can cause permanent damage. It is estimated that up to 300,000 working days are lost each year in the UK due to hand-arm disability related absences. Together these injuries are known as 'hand arm vibration syndrome'.

HSE provides information, knowledge and solutions to help protect your workers from hand arm vibration. Our services include measurement, analysis and research related to workplace vibration exposure, especially in demanding conditions requiring specialist measurement techniques. We have a wealth of experience and expertise in the assessment of hand arm vibration in most industrial environments, which enables us to develop effective vibration control strategies for our customers.

Our research provides information to standards bodies, and is incorporated into many British, European and international standards.

You can also draw on our expertise through the training that we deliver for managers and staff on awareness, management and control of hand arm vibration exposure.

Workplace Noise

Over one million workers in the UK are thought to be at risk of hearing damage from noise at work. Jobs that place people at risk are not just in heavy industry; they can be as varied as entertainment, textiles manufacture or forestry. We can help you to understand and tackle your workplace noise issues, particularly the more difficult or complex problems.

We have extensive experience of noise measurement. We measure and assess all types of workplace noise from machinery, tools, vehicles, audio headsets, or under crash helmets and hearing protectors. We also provide advice on hearing protection and assess the effectiveness of control measures.

HSE has worked with a wide variety of clients including the military, the police, motorcycle couriers and forestry workers. Our highly qualified scientists are members of the Institute of Acoustics and hold certificates of competency in workplace noise assessment. They also have extensive experience of investigating workplace accidents and take an active part in standards-making and research worldwide.

We also offer training for managers and staff on awareness, management and control of noise exposure.

Other services

As well as hand arm vibration and noise, we offer services in related areas, including whole-body vibration exposure assessment, ergonomic assessment and health surveillance.

Contact us

To discuss your noise and vibration issues, please contact:

Paul Pitts +44(0)203 028 2145 or email

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