Reduce The Risk of Vibration Syndrome

Pryme - Reduce The Risk of Vibration Syndrome - Pryme Australia Making The Workplace A Better Place

The common disease related to excessive use and exposure to vibrating machinery is Vibration White Finger Disease. An industrial-related injury caused by continuous use of vibrating machinery or tools which affects the blood vessels, nerves, muscles, and joints of the hand, wrist, and arm is called Vibration White Finger Disease (VWF), also known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). But what safety PPE can help reduce the risk of vibration syndrome?

Long-term exposure the more common form of vibration HAV, results in a serious condition called Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, or Vibration white finger often manifesting with blanching or whitening of the fingers. Symptoms include whiteness, tingling, numbness, muscle fatigue, a loss of grip, and very often pain from white finger attacks.

Reducing The Risk of Vibration Syndrome

Eliminating the cause of vibration or vibration exposure to the worker is the best way of preventing Vibration induced injury. Some ways of doing this could include using non-vibrating tools and machinery to perform the job, such as anti-vibration gloves. Substituting the tool for one with less or reduced vibration is the next best step. More often than not, however, both these options are unavailable.

Safety professionals can however reduce the effects of vibration by implementing several alternative control measures. Engineering vibration-reducing or dampening measures, to reduce vibration exposure, or regular cleaning, maintenance, and replacement of parts and tools to keep equipment and tools functioning smoothly with minimum jerks and jolts.

Ergodyne ProFlex 9000 Lightweight Anti-Vibration Gloves

Introducing The Ergodyne Proflex 9000

PPE like gloves provides a barrier between the source of the vibration and the worker, reducing the impact on the hands and arms. Gloves like Ergodyne Proflex 9000 are certified to meet EN 388:2003/ANSI S3.40/ISO 10819-1996/EN420/ standards for anti-vibration, and in addition to reducing the effects of vibration, helps loosen incorrect and tight gripping of tools; another factor contributing to HAVS.

Further to providing correct PPE, worker training about the long-term effects of vibration exposure and correct tool gripping practices, tool vibration, training and work schedules tailored to minimize the harmful effects of vibration.

We Educate. We Engage.

Toolbox Talks are a great way to engage workers to connect, share and educate on how to stay safe on site. Contact us today to schedule a free session for your team. See Pryme’s entire range of Ergodyne products to create a safer workplace.

RELATED: We’ve Got Your Back – Back Supports On Site


Fill in the form below or give us a call and we'll contact you. We endeavour to answer all enquiries within 24 hours on business days.

    Sign up to our newsletter: