What Is Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)?
(Also known as Vibration White Finger (V.W.F)
Hand-arm vibration is caused through exposure to vibration transmitted into your hands and arms when you or other workers use handheld powered work equipment, and can sometimes develop and be referred to as the Raynaud Phenomenon. Too much exposure to hand-arm vibration can cause HAVS, V.W.F. and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (a nerve disorder that may involve pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in parts).
HAVS is a recognised industrial disease affecting the nerves, blood vessels, muscles and joints of the hand, wrist and arm, caused by excessive exposure to hand-arm vibration tools. Hand-arm vibration syndrome with the NHS can be assessed and treated over time.
To find out more about booking a HAVS risk assessment in Portsmouth, or to schedule a hand-arm vibration assessment, get in touch today. The treatment of HAVS by NHS Occupation Health Services and is carried out effectively, and vibration white finger treatment by NHS (National Health Service) is treated seriously.
Who Is At Risk?
You are at risk if you regularly complete work activities such as using a hand held or hand-guided power tools and controlling machines such as:
- Concrete breakers, concrete pokers.
- Sanders, grinders, disc cutters.
- Hammer drills.
- Chipping hammers.
- Chainsaws, brush cutters, hedge trimmers, powered mowers; Scrabbles or needle guns.
- Pieces of equipment that vibrate while being processed by powered machinery such as pedestal grinders.
If you are still unsure as to whether you or your coworkers/employees are at risk, you can schedule a Work Health Assessment, or a Hand Arm Vibration risk assessment to identify any safety issues that have the potential to arise. Contact us today.
- The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 was a policy introduced to try to protect people working and fellow employees from risk to health from vibration caused by the overuse of hand tools. A safety risk assessment should be completed to identify any risks and measures put in place to reduce or minimise any risks.
- Health surveillance and health and safety assessments should be completed for all new & existing employees, who have been working with and been exposed to any equipment known to be a contributor to hand-arm vibration syndrome. A baseline questionnaire should be completed initially and if identified as necessary, an appointment will be arranged to be seen by either an Occupational Health Nurse or Occupational Health Physician. A Statement of Fitness/ Unfit will be provided to the employer.
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