The Health and Safety Executive HSE estimates that there are around 300,000 people with advanced stage of vibration white finger (VWF), which is the most well-known form of hand arm vibration syndrome. Vibration white finger is also one of the most common reasons for occupational ill health claims made against employers.
HSE inspectors will be addressing hand-arm vibration in three priority industry sectors.
These sectors will include Foundries, Heavy Steel Fabrication including Ship Building, and Construction.
They will expect to see evidence of the elimination of vibration risks or of their reduction to the lowest level that is reasonably practicable. Where vibration risks remain, inspectors will be looking for evidence that the risks are being managed adequately and that suitable health surveillance is in place.