Health & Safety

We are totally committed to providing you with the highest levels of service and satisfaction.

  • The Safe-HIRE Certification Scheme is open to all hire & rental companies within membership of Hire Association Europe.
  • Safe-HIRE Certification assures you, our customer that we are a responsible, systematic and committed organisation providing safe, high quality and environmentally friendly equipment and service to you.
  • We have been independently accredited as having professional and fully trained staff, inspecting and testing equipment fully before each hire, offering demonstrations and providing safety instructions.

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Noise & Vibration

The information and data supplied in this website are for guidance purposes only and are based on Manufacturers published data. They may not be accurate for the make and model of machine you hire. Where detailed assessments are necessary please discuss your requirements with the branch supplying your equipment and we will provide you with up to date information.

The first noise level is the sound PRESSURE level at the operators ear, where this exceeds 85db(A) a second reading is given. This is the sound POWER level also in dB(A) and is the noise radiated from the machine, e.g. Electric Breaker 91/104. Guidance on vibration is given using the “traffic light system” which has been generally adopted throughout the Hire Industry. All vibration values are obtained from Manufacturers published data.

Vibration information in this website has been banded into the Hire Association recommended format of

Vibration Exposure Guidance Chart

The Regulations set out two exposure values based on all vibration exposure averaged out over an eight hour day.

The calculation of this exposure must include the vibration values of all tools used and the total “trigger time”, the time the tool is actually in the hands, working.


If the vibration exposure is likely to exceed 2.5 m/s2 then steps should be taken to reduce the potential risk, e.g. work rotation or different tool selection.


This limit of 5 m/s2 must not be exceeded, work between the two exposure values must only be occasional, for as short duration as possible.

The H.S.E. have produced an interactive calculation table based on a cumulative points system. To access this table visit

Tool Vibration MagnitudeTime to reach EAVTime to reach ELV
Vibration Total Value2.5 m/s25.0 m/s2
r.m.s.Hours - MinutesHours - Minutes
2.58 hours24 hours
35 - 3322 - 13
43 - 0812 - 30
52 - 008 - 00
61 - 235 - 33
71 - 014 - 05
80 - 473 - 08
90 - 372 - 28
100 - 302 - 00
110 - 251 - 39
120 - 211 - 23
130 - 181 - 11
140 - 151 - 01
150 - 130 - 53
160 - 120 - 47
170 - 100 - 42
180 - 090 - 37
190 - 080 - 33
200 - 080 - 30

Tools with a vibration value in the green area are low vibration risk and can usually be used regularly throughout the day without any negative effects from vibration.

Tools in the amber area are medium risk. General guidance is for use up to 2 hours per day for occasional use, significantly less than that (as little as 30 minutes) if the tool is being used every day by the same person.

Tools in the red area are high risk vibrating tools and should only be used after a suitable risk assessment has determined they are the most appropriate tool for the job, with the operator limiting the use of the tool to as short a period as possible.

The times shown are “trigger times” the time the tool is actually in the hands, working. This does not include preparing the job or the tool, work adjustments

Personal Safety Equipment

Against most machines in this website you will find small symbols which represent our suggested minimum protection levels when the machine is being used under normal circumstances.

Working at Height

These Regulations apply to all work at any height in any workplace where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury.

They place one overriding principle upon the employer or duty holder:-

“You must do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent anyone falling”

This is achieved using a simple hierarchical approach to all work at height.

  1. “Avoid work at height wherever possible”, i.e. do as much preparation work as possible at ground level and minimise the amount of time spent working at height.
  2. “Use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where working at height cannot be avoided”. Equipment utilising “collective protection” (a stable work platform with a suitable guardrail) is the preferred access method. In the following pages many new products have been introduced to satisfy that requirement.
  3. “Where the risk of a fall cannot be eliminated use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur”. This would normally introduce fall arrest or restraint equipment, safety nets or air-bags. Ladders, stepladders etc. are still acceptable equipment providing that a “suitable and sufficient” risk assessment can justify their use. This would normally be for low risk, short duration work.

Control of Exposure to Dusts

In October 2006 changes were introduced to the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations to reduce the exposure limit of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS). This is contained in the fine airborne dust released when cutting or grinding most concrete or stone products, and if inhaled deeply into the lungs can lodge there and eventually lead to silicosis or other cancers. The new Working Exposure Limit (WEL) allows a maximum of 0.1 milligrams of RCS per cubic metre of air, averaged over an eight hour period. This is a minuscule amount (imagine 1:40,000 of a sugar cube). Similar controls are required for other construction and industry generated airborne dusts such as cement, plaster and wood (particularly hardwood). Wherever possible dusts must be controlled at source, with dust masks (PPE) being used as a secondary protective measure. Most dust generating tools supplied by Lord Hire now have either the option of a water feed for dust suppression, or a vacuum port for dust extraction. We have introduced a stand alone air filtration unit which draws in airborne dust particles and exhausts dust free air, ideal for reducing general dust caused during room refurbishment, or in a workshop. All of our depots stock dust masks and other PPE to aid the control of airborne hazards.