Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is preventable, but once the damage is done it is permanent.
There are simple and cost-effective ways to eliminate risk of HAVS.
The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations focus on the elimination or control of vibration exposure.
Health surveillance is vital to detect and respond to early signs of damage.
Am I at risk?
You may be at risk if you regularly operate:
- hammer action tools for more than about 15 minutes per day
- some rotary and other action tools for more than about one hour per day
Among those most likely to experience high whole body vibration exposures are regular operators and drivers of off-road machinery.
- INDG175 Hand-arm vibration at work - a brief guide - Source HSE (GB)
- INDG296 Hand-arm vibration - a guide for employees - Source HSE (GB)