Human vibration can lead to muscular and skeletal damage and circulation problems. The operator may also feel uncomfortable, productivity may be affected, and employee health and safety may be at risk.
Compliance with the European directive 2002/44/EC is a legal requirement in all EU countries and is therefore binding for all operators of industrial trucks. Generally speaking, the provisions of the directive apply to all undertakings in the European Union whose employees are exposed to vibration.
What are the key issues for the operators of industrial trucks? Before commencing business activity, the employer is required to conduct a hazard assessment (in Germany, pursuant to Section 5 of the German Occupational Health and Safety Act) to determine whether employees will be exposed to vibration. Measurements are to be taken wherever the level of exposure cannot be determined on the basis of manufacturer’s specifications and official sources.
The hazard assessment
Assessing the hazard of human vibration for one’s employees includes the following items: