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February 27, 2009

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Research/reports – vibration- In the vanguard on vibration

Bringing together specialists from eight leading European institutes,

the study examines the situation in six EU member states – Belgium,

Germany, Spain, Finland, France and Poland – as well as presenting

research for the whole of the EU.Although vibration is a well-known risk, its importance has increased since the application of the Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive, which came into force in July 2005. One in three European workers is exposed to vibration at work and, for some sectors, such as construction, this percentage is even higher. The report contains 15 short practical examples of interventions to reduce the risk from occupational vibration, as well as seven brief case studies highlighting good practice in vibration reduction.The Agency has also recently published a report on skin diseases and dermal exposure. According to the Agency, skin diseases represent more than 7 per cent of all occupational illnesses and are the second most common work-related health problem in Europe.The report covers the main policies relating to the recognition and recording of skin diseases, as well as the recognition, assessment and control of dermal exposure to chemical, biological and physical risk factors.Workplace exposure to vibration in Europe: an expert review and Skin diseases and dermal exposure: policy and practice overview are available to download from the Agency’s website, http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports

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