Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Medical
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) comes from the use of hand-held power tools and is the cause of significant ill health. (painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints)
Which jobs and industries are most likely to involve hand-arm vibration?
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 ….
Building and maintenance of roads and railways
Estate management (e.g. maintenance of grounds, parks, water courses, road and rail side verges);
Manufacturing concrete products
Mining and quarrying
Motor vehicle manufacture and repair
Public utilities (e.g. water, gas, electricity, telecommunications);
Shipbuilding and repair
A simple approach to health surveillance for HAVS
A simple approach to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Medical surveillance involves working through a number of stages. Briefly, this ‘tiered’ system works as follows:
Adoption of this approach may help you keep costs down and avoid long term absences.