Product Specifications and Safety Information
This interactive tool is FREE and should be used to help manage the risks associated with the operation of hand and power tools, including hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), loud noise and the dangers of dust and CO2 inhalation.
The data has been obtained directly from some of the hire industry's leading manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and will be reviewed and updated regularly to ensure you have the latest and most relevant information.
How Can These Risks Be Managed?
Follow the suggestions below for insights on how you might manage the risks associated with HAVS, noise, dust and CO2. In addition, you may decide to use one of a range of simple measures (masks or respirators, HAVS warning systems, ear defenders) to help you control exposure.
- Can the job be done without using high-risk power tools?
- Make sure that new tools have safety control built in to manage dust, noise and vibration
- Modify existing tools to reduce vibration levels or the grip force needed
- Use tools with high power to weight ratio
- Ensure tools are regularly maintained to a high standard
- Refrain from using worn out tools
- Re-route air exhaust away from the operator's hands (on pneumatic tools)
- Arrange work to give the operator breaks away from exposure to these risks (e.g. job rotation).
- Training in the correct use of tools (and in using the right tool for the job) and in recognising the early symptoms of illness such as hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), sillicosis, asbestosis etc.
- Arrange advice and routine health checks for employees using high risk tools
- Assist operators to keep warm in cold weather by providing heating or suitable clothing and gloves
- Report any tools or processes to your supervisor which produce high levels of vibration, noise, dust or emissions, so consideration can be given to reducing the risk
- Ask your employer if the job can be done in a different way without using power tools
- Co-Operate with any new working methods introduced to reduce the risk
- Use low vibration tools whenever possible
- Always use the right tool for the job, and store tools properly
- Check tools before use to ensure that they are properly maintained and repaired
- Make sure cutting tools are kept sharp, and grinding wheels are in balance
- Reduce the time spent in continuous use of the tools, by doing other jobs in between
- Avoid gripping or forcing the tool more than necessary and wherever possible use different grips
- Encourage good blood circulation by keeping warm and dry
- Avoid smoking before and during work
- Exercising your hands and fingers to improve blood flow
- Learn and recognise the signs of vibration injury or dust inhallation and report any symptoms to your employer
- Provide tool support to take the weight of the tool