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Hand-arm vibration management

21 September 2018

The Q2 from Curotec is said to represent the state of the art in workplace vibration management – as it is the only HSE-compliant personal vibration monitor that measures actual vibration emissions. 

Until now, vibration risk assessments have chiefly relied on static estimates of worker exposure. But because vibration emissions fluctuate with tool condition, work-piece and operator behaviour, database values can be wholly unreliable. Ultimately, they’re just estimates, which are often combined with further ‘guesstimates’ of trigger time, Curotec says.

It’s therefore no surprise that so many new cases of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome emerge each year, and that employers continue to face huge fines and compensation claims for Vibration White Finger and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

But the Q2 is described as a game-changer – because it measures actual vibration emissions with remarkable precision, eliminating the guesswork from risk assessments.

The Q2 is easy to install, simple to use, and provides complete clarity of vibration exposure for each at-risk employee. Real-time alerts notify both the operator and their supervisor when an individual reaches defined exposure levels. And crucially, the Q2 measures both Hand-Arm and Whole Body Vibration (WBV) – so if a worker switches from a drill to a dumper truck, their accumulation of HAV and WBV exposure points will be monitored automatically.