chapter  19
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Controlling whole body vibration exposure

Chapter 15 discusses some of the management measures which can be used to

work towards a reduction in the exposure of employees to any physical agent,

whole body vibration included. The elimination of unnecessary tasks, the sharing

of work involving exposure to hazards, and the use of available information to

choose machinery involving lower levels of exposure are all relevant here. Some

of the features of whole body vibration, and of the kinds of work in which it is a

serious hazard, make it more difficult to apply these principles. For example,

there may be a limited choice of vehicles to do a particular task, vehicles tend to

have a longer life than small power tools, and replacement is very expensive. The

high levels of skill involved may make it difficult to share the exposure between

two or more drivers.