Many types of machinery, equipment and power-driven tools generate intense vibration.

This vibration can then be transmitted to the workers who operate them.  There are two types of vibration: whole body vibration and hand-arm vibration - both can cause ill health.

Victoria does not have regulation which specifically addresses vibration however it is covered generally under OHS Act as well as under the Plant regulations. VTHC also has its own approved safety standard to ensure that employers are fulfilling their health and safety obligations to reduce workers exposure to unsafe vibration levels.

Causes of Vibration
What kinds of tools and equipment can cause ill-health from vibration? There are two types of vibration - Whole Body Vibration (WBH) and Hand-Arm Vibration...
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Effects of Vibration
There are many potential health effects for workers if they experience exposure to vibration.  Page Overview:  What are the health effects of exposure to vibration?...
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Legal Standards for Vibration
No Australian jurisdiction currently has specific vibration regulations. However many jurisdictions in Australia mention vibration to varying degrees in their general regulations (for example in...
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Vibration - Action plan
Action Plan for Health and Safety Reps A strategy to prevent work related injury and illness must be aimed at modifying the workplace - controlling...
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More information on Vibration
Here's some more information on Vibration: Safe Work Australia has a number of materials, including two fact sheets providing information on the health effects resulting from...
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Victorian Trades Hall Vibration Standard
This page contains the Victorian Trades Hall Council's approved safety standard for exposure to vibration at work. By following VTHC's standard, employers can fulfill their legal...
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