The European Vibration Directive (2002/44/EC) was established to protect users of land, air and sea vehicles from the effects of vibration and shock injury. Although this is European legislation the standards may be applied to other countries.
Responsibility is placed on employers to ensure that risks from whole-body vibration are eliminated or reduced to a minimum. The EU Vibration Directive is now a well established law, and whilst it is news to many operators, you are still required to protect anyone in your duty of care.
With the investigators beginning to take more interested in the chronic injuries associated with repeated exposure to Whole Body Vibration now is the time to make sure your business is protected.
This applies equally to marine operators regardless of what was previously considered acceptable. Coming into force in 2002, a 5 year transitional period was granted.
In 2007, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) introduced the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Control of Vibration at Work) Regulations 2007 in support of the regulation.
By 2007, all NEW equipment, including commercial marine vessels, was required to comply with the directive.
By 2010, ALL equipment was required to comply with the directive.