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The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations came into force on 6 July 2005 and are designed to protect anyone working with tools and machinery. If you employ such people, you need to be aware of your responsibilities under the legislation. Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) Regular long term exposure to HAV may cause diseases which are painful and disabling. Look out for HAV risks in all industries where hand-held power tools and machines which transmit vibration into the hands are used. Whole Body Vibration (WBV) Regular long term exposure to WBV is associated with back pain alongside other factors such