Last change: 29.01.2019

Whole-Body-Vibration

According to the German Law on Occupational Safety and Health (ArbSchG) and the Noise and Vibration Ordinance (LärmVibrationsArbSchV) the employer has the obligation to assess the risks for health and safety at work of the employees and to derive the appropriate measures to avoid or to reduce the hazards caused by vibration.

In Part 1 „Assessment of the Risks caused by Vibration“ of the Technical Rules for the LärmVibrationsArbSchV (TRLV Vibration) the procedures  to determine the level of the exposure and  to assess the risks according to § 3 LärmVibrationsArbSchV are described. These Technical Rules explain how to identificy and to assess the risks according to the LärmVibrationsArbSchV in the legal frame of §§ 5 and 6 of ArbSchG.

Primarily the employer has to use for his risk assessment existing data measured at the equipment under the conditions of his enterprise. If such data are not available it is possible to use representative data published in databases like KarLA.

KarLA publishes the measured immission values (see 4.2.3 of TRLV Vibrationen, Part 1) as well as orientation values for some categories of machines (see 4.2.5 of TRLV Vibrationen, Part 1). These values can also be used for the risk assessment if better data are not available.

Emission values were measured in test procedures for the machines and can’t be used for the risk assessment.

KarLA offers a WBV-Exposure calculator especially for the construction sector for the risk assessment of Earth-moving machine operators.

Please select at first in the menue above the kind of data for hand-arm vibration

–   WBV immission data measured = measured immission values
–   WBV orientation data derived = immission values derived for some categories of machines or
–   WBV emission data = measured emission values under standards for testing.
–   Earth-moving machines calculator = WBV-Exposure calculator for operator of Earth-moving machines

Catalogue of representative noise and vibration data at work

State Office for Occupational Safety, Consumer Protection and Health