Vibration Hazards Awareness

Many workers do not think that their exposure to vibration could be a health hazard. Vibration exposure is more than just a nuisance. Constant exposure to vibration has been known to cause serious health problems such as back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and vascular disorders. Vibration related injury is especially prevalent in occupations that require outdoor work, such as forestry, farming, transportation, shipping, and construction. There are two classifications for vibration exposure: whole-body vibration and hand and arm vibration. These two types of vibration have different sources, affect different areas of the body, and produce different symptoms. Currently, there are no legal standards that limit exposures to vibration. However, there are many ways employers and workers can help to reduce workers’ exposure to vibration.