Hand/Arm Vibration Awareness Training

This Hand & Arm Vibration Awareness training course explains the dangers of regular exposure, or extreme exposure, to vibration in the hand and arm. It looks at carpal tunnel syndrome and hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), the signs and how they can be avoided.

  • Duration 20 mins
  • Approval CPD, IOSH

Key Features

  • Complete in under 25 minutes
  • CPD & IOSH approved training
  • Provides printable certificates
  • Concise and effective
  • Great supporting animation and graphics
  • Easy to follow

HAVS in Construction

Hand arm vibration syndrome affects as many as 1 in 10 people who regularly use vibrating tools. It can be severely disablingBut it is preventable!

Our hand & arm vibration awareness training course uses guidance from the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, to explain the importance of exposure levels and what can be done in the workplace to avoid or reduce exposure to vibration.

It looks at signs and symptoms and suggests things you can do to prevent problems, such as not gripping tools too tightly, keeping warm and taking regular breaks.

Around 900 people per year are diagnosed with either Vibration White Finger or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - both of which are contributors to HAVS. Learn how to spot the signs of HAVS early on with our Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Training.

This course also teaches both employers and employees of their responsibilities and is ideal for those working in construction and manufacturing. 

Who should take our Hand/Arm Vibration Awareness Training?

Anyone that uses vibrating tools should use our Hand/Arm Vibration Training, whether you use vibrating tools as part of your job or in your spare time, training is essential.

What is HAVS?

HAVS or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is the medical term for symptoms that can be severely disabling and are brought on by regular use of vibrating tools.  

Having HAVS can cause many different hand dysfunctions such as loss of sensibility, decreased force grip and blanching.

Some people will experience symptoms within just a couple of years of exposure to vibrating tools, whereas others can work for decades without experiencing any symptoms.

What are the symptoms of HAVS?

Things you should look out for include:

  • Tingling and/or numbness, particularly in the fingers
  • Loss of sensitivity
  • Loss of force/strength in your hands
  • Fingertips turning white in the cold and wet

If you work with vibrating tools regularly as part of your job and start to experience any of the above symptoms, we recommend you seek help from a healthcare professional straight away.

The sooner HAVS is diagnosed the more likely there will be a recovery from the symptoms.

Man operates vibrating equipment using personal protective equipment

What tools can cause HAVS?

Any power tool that is hand-held or hand-guided has the potential to cause HAVS, but the tools below are likely bring on HAVS after long periods of exposure:

  • Concrete breakers
  • Sanders or grinders
  • Hammer drills
  • Chipping hammers
  • Chainsaws and brush cutters/hedge trimmers
  • Needle guns

Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Course Contents

  1. What is Hand Arm Vibration? The science behind HAVS and how tools affect your health. We also look at Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  2. Understand your responsibilities (Employers and employees). It also includes a vibration exposure look-up table.