Dr Chris Nelson

Principal Consultant

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Qualifications

BSc (Hons) PhD MIOA

Expertise

Noise:

  • Occupational exposure evaluation
  • Occupational risk assessment and control
  • Machinery safety & conformity
  • Vibration (hand-arm vibration, whole-body vibration and shock)
  • Occupational exposure evaluation
  • Occupational risk assessment and control
  • Machinery Safety & Conformity

Dr Chris Nelson

Principal Consultant

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Chris has over 30 years of experience in the field of noise and vibration, mostly in the investigation and prevention of occupational exposures associated with ill health.

Principal Consultant (Noise & Vibration) with Finch since 2007.

Ten years with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as HM Specialist Inspector (Noise & Vibration). Involved in the development of HSE’s technical policies on noise, hand-arm vibration and whole-body vibration, with lead responsibility for the topic of hand-arm vibration. Developed HSE guidance, regulations, and benchmarks for good practice on control of risks. Supported HSE workplace and supply side inspection, investigation and enforcement as a specialist investigator.

Five years with the Institute of Naval Medicine, providing specialist advice to Ministry of Defence (Navy) on all aspects of human effects of noise and vibration, including specialist noise and vibration measurements, training of noise assessors and technical advice to MoD policy makers.

Eight years with the ISVR, University of Southampton, conducting research and consultancy activities in human effects of hand-arm vibration and whole-body vibration. Included an epidemiological study of vibration white finger and investigations of personal injury claims.

Experience of International (ISO) and European (CEN) Standards making as UK-nominated expert to various working groups dealing with hand-transmitted vibration and vibration emission of machinery. Convenor of hand-arm vibration working groups of ISO (1993-2007) and CEN (1997-2007). Project leader for BS EN ISO 5349-1:2001 Mechanical vibration – Measurement and evaluation of human exposure to hand-transmitted vibration – Part 1: General requirements. Lecturer contributing annually (1996 – 2004) to the BOHS occupational hygiene training course (Noise and Vibration module) at Portsmouth University. 

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