All operators should be trained to use
2. Appropriate protective
clothing especially Ear Defenders, High
Visibility Vests and Safety Boots should
be worn at all times.
3. This catalogue shows
Manufacturers Noise and Vibration levels
for all equipment. The information should
be used sensibly as part of a personnel
safety policy. In a practical environment
these levels can
increase or reduce depending on working
conditions and operator technique.
LEGISLATION EFFECTIVE 5TH JULY 2005
1. States the following :-
Daily Exposure Action and Limit Values
standardised to an eight hour
Action Level 2.5 m/s2
Limit 5.0 m/s2
2. This does not mean
Machines generating a higher level than
5.0m/s2 cannot be used, only that their
use may have to be restricted depending
on the circumstances.
3. Measure actual Trigger
time, not employees working time.
4. Using a high vibration
tool for a short time will produce a
lower overall exposure level than a low
vibration tool for a long time.
SOME WAYS TO REDUCE
1. Ensure equipment is
properly used and regularly maintained.
2. Ensure consumables e.g.
Impact Sockets and Cutters are in good
condition and not worn past their useful
3. Review technique of using
equipment e.g. gripping too hard or
applying correct body pressure. A relaxed
technique is always better than a tense
4. Use work rotation to
minimise exposure time for each employee.
Regular work breaks e.g, one hour on, one
hour off and one hour on is better than
two hours on.
5. Operators should keep
warm and dry.
6. Improve operators health
especially circulation. Smoking;
drinking; hardening of arteries; diet;
age; weight; high blood pressure all add
to the risk. Regular health checks will
help avoid some of these.
All information provided by
relevant manufacturers notes.
Times shown are TRIGGER time. I.E. Time
Operator experiences vibration NOT their
||Time of 5 hours and
33 minutes equates to
approximately 130 cuts in BS113A
|K40 Air Rail
||Time of 2 hours and
13 minutes equates to
approximately 50 cuts in BS113A
||Time of 9 hours and
3 minutes equates to cutting
approximately 640 concrete paving
considered lower than those
produced by typical Electric
Machines and present no
significant risk to operators
when used correctly.
Pneumatic Clip Remover
||Time of 1 hour and
49 minutes equates to the removal
of approximately 1300 clips.
Petrol Driven Impact Wrench Vibration
On extensive on-track trials carried out
under the independent supervision of
Loughborough University in February 2008
the undernoted results were achieved on
loosening and tightening:
Fishplate/Joint Bar Bolts
11.2 to 11.6m/s2 in approximately three
seconds. 430 bolts before reaching EU
Action Level and 1800 to reach Limit
9.8 to 11.0m/s2 in approximately seven
seconds. 240 screws before reaching EU
Action Level and 1000 to reach Limit
See OPERC website: www.operc.com
The actual figures achieved can vary
depending on operator technique and
condition of Wrench, fastener and track
drawings and parts lists for all Tools
and Equipment we supply are available on
request or from manufacturer's websites.
Master 35 Petrol Driven Impact Wrench: www.airtecinternational.com
Atlas Copco: www.atlascopco.com
We only supply
Manufacturer's genuine original spare
All popular spare parts are available
from stock at competitive prices.