Vibration testing in hand-held power tools

In Germany, approximately 1.5 million people are regularly exposed to strong vibrations during their work due to hand-held power tools such as angle grinders, saws or drills. Over time, these vibrations can lead to serious ailments, such as Raynaud’s syndrome (white finger disease).
In order to avoid hand and arm vibrations leading to health disorders, the EU Standard “Noise and Vibration Regulations” was established to ensure that all employers determine and evaluate the risks to their employees when using hand-operated power tools, and where appropriate, make provisions. This Application Note describes the use of imc measurement systems and imc WAVE software to perform measurement procedures according to EN ISO 5349-1/2 Standards.