HAVS in Construction
Hand arm vibration syndrome affects as many as 1 in 10 people who regularly use vibrating tools. It can be severely disabling. But 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 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