Grammer, global manufacturer of seating systems, has developed the VibroControl – a vibration dosimeter that alerts users when they become exposed to dangerous levels of vibration.
Grammer created the VibroControl in response to a new European Union directive that requires employers to monitor and protect their employees from excessive vibration, which can lead to musculoskeletal disorders or injuries.
The portable device attaches easily to a machine operator’s seat to monitor vibration frequency, and alerts operators when acceptable limits of vibrations have been exceeded.
Currently, the device is configured to monitor what the EU considers to be dangerous levels of vibration, but Wiebke Froehner, vice president of marketing and corporate communications, Grammer, says the company will be able to adjust the VibroControl to suit U.S. standards if necessary.
Although no OSHA or NIOSH vibration standards require employers to protect their employees from high levels of vibration, Gary Fritz, group salesman, North American division, Grammer, says the company anticipates similar laws to be passed in the United States in the next few years.
According to OSHA’s website, new ergonomic guidelines (industry-specific or task-specific) may come about after the administration analyzes data compiled on the current frequency of musculoskeletal injuries in the United States.