This guide is for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) that carry out work involving hand-held power tools and machines. It explains how to identify and manage the risks from hand-arm vibration (HAV).

Vibration from tools and machines can be transmitted into workers’ hands and arms. Workers can be permanently harmed if they regularly and frequently use hand-held power tools and machines, especially for long periods of time.

As a PCBU, you must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers, and that other persons are not put at risk by your work.

You must manage the health and safety risks to workers and others that arise from being exposed to the work carried out by your business.

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