Human Vibration Monitoring

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 (the Vibration Regulations) aims to protect workers from risks to health from vibration. The regulations introduce action and limit values for hand-arm and whole-body vibration. Our vibration monitoring products are designed for employers whose business involves the use of hand-guided powered equipment or where full body vibration occurs.

Best Products for Monitoring HAV (Hand-arm vibration)

The SV  106D Six-channel Human Vibration Meter and Analyser meets ISO  8041-1:2017 requirements (human response to vibration) and ISO  2631, ISO  5349 and Directive 2002/44/EC. The SV 106D significantly increases the measurement accuracy of daily vibration exposure measurements without impacting normal working activities.

  • Measuring vibration frequencies from 0.1 Hz – suitable for motion sickness measurements for ISO 2631-1
  • Frequency analysis (e.g. 1/3 octave) provides information
    on dominant frequencies and harmonics, helping
     identify effective vibration control measure
  • WAV recording allows you to meet the requirements of ISO 2631-5

Learn how to take measurements of hand-arm vibration to prevent hand-arm vibration syndrome.

Best Products for Monitoring Whole-Body Vibration

Accurately measure whole-body vibration with the SV 106D in accordance with the ISO 5349 and ISO 2631 standards. Vibration exposure is calculated in real time and results  displayed simultaneously in VDV and RMS units or points.

Used with the SV 38V seat accelerometer which can be placed directly on the seat cushion, floor or fixed to the back of the seat. 

  • A(8) vibration exposure calculated in real time and displayed simultaneously in VDV and RMS units
  • The Number 1 reference human vibration meter
  • Time-history logging: RMS, Peak, Peak-Peak, VDV, MTVV or dose results stored on a microSD card

Learn how to take measurements of hand-arm vibration to prevent hand-arm vibration syndrome.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 require you to take specific action when the daily vibration exposure reaches a certain action value. By law, as an employer, you must assess and identify measures to eliminate or reduce risks from exposure to hand-arm vibration so that you can protect your employees from risks to their health.

The exposure action value (EAV) is a daily amount of vibration exposure above which employers are required to take action to control exposure. The greater the exposure level, the greater the risk and the more action employers will need to take to reduce the risk. For hand-arm vibration the EAV is a daily exposure of 2.5 m/s2 A(8).

Monitoring for human vibration is normally divided into HAV (hand arm vibration) which covers hand tools and hand operated machinery and WBV (whole body vibration) which covers vibrations coming through the body from heavy machinery, vehicles or in buildings.

Jobs requiring frequent use of vibrating tools including:

  • building and grounds  maintenance 
  • construction
  • forestry
  • foundries, mines and quarries
  • automotive vehicle manufacture and repair
  • public utilities (eg water, gas, electricity, telecommunications)


Workers exposed regularly to hand arm vibration can suffer from two types of permanent damage or illness: hand-arm vibration syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome. A hand arm vibration risk assessment must look for evidence of risk and solutions, and include exposure assessments to identify the levels involved.

Whole-body vibration is transmitted through the seat or feet of employees who drive mobile machines, or other work vehicles, over rough and uneven surfaces as a main part of their job. Large shocks and jolts may cause health risks including back pain.

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