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Managing Hand-Arm Vibration

05 June 2019

Curotec is planning a series of roadshows to demonstrate the capabilities of its Q2, an HSE-compliant personal vibration monitor that measures actual vibration emissions.

Curotec says that, 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, it says database values can be unreliable.

The Q2 measures actual vibration emissions with a high degree of precision, eliminating the guesswork from risk assessments.

It 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.


In a series of regional events, Curotec will be be inviting local firms to bring along their most commonly used tools to take part in the Q2 challenge. Technicians will install a Q2 onto each tool, then run them under test conditions – enabling everyone to see real-time accumulation of HSE Exposure Points compared to estimated exposure using assumed values.

Jones says, “We know that the best way to educate people about the potential dangers of traditional risk assessment is to show them – so we’re challenging contractors and health & safety professionals to test their methodology against our technology. We know we’re going to see some horrified expressions when employers realise the kind of vibration levels their workers are being exposed to.”

For further information, visit: http://www.curotec.uk.com