Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome often known as (HAVS) is a widespread recognised industrial condition affecting tens of thousands of workers.
It is a disorder, which affects the blood vessels, nerves, muscles, and joints, of the hand, wrist and arm normally caused by excessive, long-term exposure to working with tools that vibrate, or holding materials that are shaking.
Hand Arm Vibration Symptoms:
The people most at risk from hand arm vibration are those who regularly operate high vibration tools such as drills breakers and grinders.
Jobs requiring regular and frequent use of vibrating tools and equipment and handling of vibrating materials are found in a wide range of industries, for example:
There are hundreds of different types of handheld power tools and equipment which can cause ill health from vibration.
Some of the most common ones are:
The following steps are thought to help prevent HAVS in workers who use vibrating tools:
Some manufacturers provide vibration data on their tools. However, caution must be taken as these values may not be fully representative of the results you may get when using the tool in the work-place. In most circumstances they are significantly lower than work-place values. This is due to different processes, applications and accessories used with the tool and how the individual operator uses the tool. If you have any doubts or would like to speak to one of our HAV Technicians, you can call us on 02380 315316 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org