The VIBGUIDE project
Drawing up of a non-binding guide to good practice with a view to implementation of Directive 2002/44/EC (vibrations)
Project no. VC/2004/0341
14 January 2005 to 14 June 2006
Please use the following link for publicising VIBGUIDE:
Official VIBGUIDE home address:
The objective of the VIBGUIDE project was to produce accessible, comprehensive and achievable non-binding guidance to assist both employers and workers in meeting the requirements of Directive 2002/44/EC and to ensure that the risks arising from vibration exposure are controlled.
The outputs of the project are two separate guides on whole-body vibration and hand-arm vibration. The guides, which are currently available in English, French, German and other languages are aimed at target readers who include employers in the SME sector and self-employed workers. The guides provide information on the methodology used for determining and evaluating risks; dealing with the choice and correct use of work equipment, the optimisation of methods and the implementation of protection measures (technical and/or organisational measures) on the basis of a prior risk analysis. The guides also give details of the type of training and information to be provided to the workers and propose effective solutions for other matters raised in Directive 2002/44/EC.
This contract involved a consortium of four organisations: the Human Factors Research Unit of the ISVR, University of Southampton and three national occupational health and safety organisations: HSE, the Health and Safety Laboratory in the UK; INRS, the National Research and Safety Institute in France; and BGIA, the Institute for Occupational Health in Germany. The project was co-ordinated by the University of Southampton.
The guides have been prepared under contract VC/2004/0341 for the European Commission Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities with the supervision of the Working Party "Vibration" mandated by the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work in cooperation with the European Commission.
For queries regarding the guides please contact:
Dr. Henrietta Howarth
Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
Tel +44(0)2380594963 or +44(0)2380592277, Fax +44(0)2380592927
For queries regarding access to the guides source files please contact:
Mr. Georges Herbillon
DG EMPL D4, EUFO 2177, L-2920 Luxembourg
Tel 00 352 4301 34534, Fax 00 352 4301 34259