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Kelbray to roll out ‘white finger’ prevention system

A system to help keep operators’ exposure to vibration equipment within safe limits is to be rolled out by Kelbray.

‘Curatec’, a personal monitor, clips onto the vibrating tool and records each operator’s exposure to vibration.

Long term use of vibration tools puts operators at risk of developing Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or white finger; a debilitating condition that effects the blood vessels in the hand and arm, resulting in irreversible damage if uncontrolled or monitored ineffectively.

Kelbray tested the system on two London sites over a two-week period.

A traffic light system advises the user of their exposure threshold, and when the red light illuminates, it warns the operator that they have reached their maximum daily vibration limit.

Kelbray HSQE advisor Jane Wathall said: “Data from the monitor is collated on a weekly basis, examined by HSQE to ensure they comply with regulations, and the records are handed over to our Human Resources department for safe keeping.”

Despite the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations being introduced in 2005, but there are still an estimated 2M people in the UK who are exposed to levels of vibration above the recommended limits.

Kelbray’s workforce engagement manager Sam Taylor added: “I developed HAVS after working in demolition for more than 20 years. It means that my fingers often tingle and feel numb, and that my hands hurt most days, especially in winter.

“Luckily, I’ve since been able to change my job role to one that prevents my condition from getting worse, but nowadays, I wear gloves wherever practical and take prescribed medication.”

A system to help keep operators’ exposure to vibration equipment within safe limits is to be rolled out by Kelbray.

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