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6 December 2017

Amid an increase in cases of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), now the most commonly reported illness in the UK workplace, global inspection and certification firm Bureau Veritas has created a pioneering new system to make it easier for employers to comply with regulations on the exposure to Hand-Arm Vibration.

Developed by world-class acoustics and vibrations experts at Bureau Veritas, the dedicated Vibration Exposure Management System (VEMS) is a paperless solution which will speed up the lengthy process of calculating and managing vibration exposure. This includes from equipment such as hand-held or hand-guided power equipment, typically used in a wide range of industries from construction to heavy manufacturing.

Under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, all employers are required to make a risk assessment to measure exposure levels of staff to vibration, and put in place procedures to reduce health and safety risks to employees.

Most organisations currently use an outdated paper-based system that requires the manual calculation and input of each individual tool used by an employee, making compliance checking a complex, time-intensive and onerous process, especially for large organisations that use a wide variety of tools and equipment.

With latest research figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) showing that Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is now the most commonly reported illness in the workplace1, a rising number of organisations are facing prosecution for failing to manage exposure – which means it’s now imperative for businesses to get their compliance right.

At a time when transparency is increasingly at the heart of compliance, using a paper-based system means not only is it prone to human error, but it does not allow for easy visibility and reporting across a business.

Reflecting the Company’s commitment to best practice in compliance, Bureau Veritas’ revolutionary VEMS application features an intuitive design and easy to navigate format. Recording all data for ongoing monitoring, it then uses this to highlight high, medium and low risk tools as well as the maximum usage times.

Completely unique to the market, VEMS allows managers to quickly identify and keep track of which employees are using “at-risk” equipment and for what duration to establish exposure levels through automatic calculations including the vibration magnitudes of measured tools.

Following an initial assessment by qualified engineers to implement the new system, Bureau Veritas also provides ongoing support to organisations covering all aspects of testing, inspection and compliance.

Dr Richard Maggs, Consulting Group Manager for Acoustics & Vibration and Air Quality at Bureau Veritas, said: “With Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) now the most commonly reported illness in the workplace and the greater enforcement of organisations that fail to manage vibration exposure, it is important now more than ever for businesses to comply with existing regulations.

“At Bureau Veritas, we understand that up until now the process of assessing and managing vibrations exposure has been a long and laborious and complicated task, based largely on out-dated paper-based system. 

“The digitalisation of compliance can play a huge role in streamlining operations and improving efficiencies, and as such, we hope our new VEMS application will help to simplify the process for time-stretched sectors.”

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Tel:  0845 600 1828
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