chapter  12
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Assessment of hand–arm vibration exposure

As with noise assessments, the first step in the process of managing the risk is for

an employer to recognize that some employees are likely to be exposed above the

exposure action value. Most employees are clearly not at risk from hand-arm

vibration and no formal assessment is necessary. The most likely ways in which

an employer would become aware of a potential risk are:

. Employees who spend more than a few minutes per day using one or more of the tools which are frequently associated with HAVS;

. An actual or suspected case of HAVS among the workforce;

. Concern among employees about HAV exposure.