December Newsletter

Safely Operating Vibrating Tools

Certain power tools vibrate or transmit vibration into an operator’s hand and/or arm (or leg and foot). Continued use could lead to a condition called white finger (Raynaud’s Phenomenon) to develop. The symptoms include aching in the wrists and muscles of the forearm, tingling sensations, numbness, and whiteness in the fingers caused by restricted circulation. In fact, vibration from percussive tools (e.g. riveting tools), grinders, pneumatic hammers and drills, and chain saws can affect the whole body.

The following suggestions are provided to help you reduce the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) from these types of tools.

1. Choose power tools with that offer anti-vibration controls and/or handles coated with a material that suppresses vibration.
2. Properly maintain power tools; make sure tools are kept balanced, clean, and lubricated.
3. Wear gloves designed to absorb or decrease vibration.
4. Assign more than one employee to the job that requires the operation of equipment or a tool that vibrates.

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Ergo-Motion, we wish you and your family the very best this holiday season!


Ergo-Motion Consulting provides ergonomics consulting and education services throughout North America. We offer a wide variety of customized services, including office ergonomic assessments, industrial ergonomic assessments, educational sessions, and training webinars.

We have developed strong relationships with complementary companies to help our clients solve problems in the following areas:

– Occupational Health & Safety
– Organizational Development
– HR: Recruitment and Selection
– Disability Management
– Personal training & Wellness
– Equipment design and custom fabrication

About Ergo-Motion Consulting

Ergo-Motion Consulting has extensive experience in the management and control of musculoskeletal injury risk factors. We provide ergonomic consulting and educational training focused on improving the performance of your people and preventing injuries. Our solutions are cost effective, reduce injuries and improve productivity. We focus on the root cause of problems, leading to ergonomic solutions. We offer both industrial and office ergonomic services.

To obtain more information, please call: 604-248-5918 or email