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FRC - Whole Body Vibration Awareness Courses Commencing January 2012

FRC International WBV MANAGER Awareness Courses are being run in the UK starting January 2012 at Southampton and Poole.

The one day WBV MANAGER courses are aimed at all managers, officers and supervisors of RIBs, High Speed Craft (HSC) and planing craft in the professional maritime sector who need to understand the effects of Whole Body Vibration (WBV)  for crew and passengers.

Whole Body Vibration on small craft is a global problem and the injury statistics are growing. FRC International WBV Awareness Courses, recognised by The Nautical Institute, are relevant to all sectors affected by this major health and safety issue. This includes military, search & rescue, government agencies, local authorities, police, wind farm, oil & gas, thrill rides, charter, powerboat schools and all organisations operating  planing boats under 24 metre (80 feet).

The WBV Awareness Courses are run as interactive workshops with the core objective of understanding that WBV injury affects personnel in all maritime sectors using RIBs and HSC. Following on from WBV MANAGER the one day WBV CREW course is aimed at all coxswains and crew of RIBs, HSC and planing craft in the professional maritime sector.

Millions of workers in Europe are exposed to mechanical vibration transmitted to the body through industrial seating, decks or floors. Whole Body Vibration can affect back, neck, knees and joints. The maritime sector recognises the need to reduce the effects of WBV but this is not a straightforward process for those operating RIBs and High Speed Craft. These vessels can expose employees and workers to high levels of repeated shock and Whole Body Vibration which has been shown to increase the risk of acute and chronic injury.

WBV MANAGER and WBV CREW courses also provide the background to the European EC Vibration Directive legislation that came into force on 6th July 2010. The European Directive requires employers to control exposure to hazards including noise and vibration. This includes an understanding of WBV and the risks of repeated shock exposure. Courses introduce control measures and the requirements for compliance. Management and crew knowledge can improve employee engagement and shared responsibility for duty-of-care.

FRC International provides expertise for Fast Response Craft (FRC) personnel. This includes understanding risk, duty-of-care, legislation, evolving technologies and new operational tasks and scenarios. Stopping fast craft operations is not a realistic option, but making them safer is essential.  

WBV MANAGER - Grand Harbour Hotel Southampton - 3rd April 2012

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