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Non-binding guide to good practice with a view to implementation of directive 2002/44/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (vibrations)

The Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission published in 2008 a guideline on the implementation of Directive 2002/44/EC.

This non-binding “guide to good practice” is to facilitate the assessment of risks from exposure to hand-arm and whole-body vibrations, the identification of controls to eliminate or reduce exposure, and the introduction of systems to prevent the development and progression of injury.

Part I is a guide to good practice on hand-arm vibration, and Part II is on whole-body vibration. Chapters are introduction, evaluation of risk, removing/avoiding or reducing exposure and health surveillance. There are annexes (responsibilities, information materials, tools on calculations, examples, health surveillance techniques, glossary, bibliography) and alphabetical indices for the document.

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