Hand-Arm Vibration Monitoring and Risk Assessment

What is Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)?

Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome (sometimes abbreviated to HAVS) is caused by working with vibrating tools and causes damage to nerves, blood vessels and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. This changes the sensation of the fingers and can lead to permanent numbness of fingers and muscle weakness. Workers using hand-held power tools for prolonged periods are at serious risk of developing HAVS.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently launched a series of prosecutions against employers for failing to ensure that adequate measures were taken to minimise workers’ exposure to vibration and thus putting them at risk of developing hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).

By law, employers must assess and identify measures to remove or reduce risks from exposure to hand-arm vibration and ensure that the correct control measures are in place and information, training and health surveillance are provided.  

How IOM can help:

IOM's highly trained occupational hygienists can provide hand-arm vibration testing and risk assessments to ensure that your business is meeting compliance regulations. 

How our experts can help:

  • Provide support to help meet compliance regulations.
  • Measure vibration and undertake risk assessments.
  • Carry out health surveillance on workers at risk.
  • Advise how to control vibration exposure.
  • Prepare policies, procedures to manage safely, and vibration impacts.
  • Provide staff awareness training

For more advice, or to speak to an occupational hygienist complete the quick quote form below. 

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10 June
2021

Exploring interventions for reducing SARS-CoV-2 in hospital environments

  • 10 June 2021
  • 10:00-13:00

IOM is proud to announce that Miranda Loh has been invited to speak at the 8th UK & Ireland Occupational and Environmental Exposure Science Meeting 2021 talk about exploring interventions for reducing SARS-CoV-2 in hospital environments. This is particularly relevant to public health researchers as we’ll be sharing a new tool that we have developed.

To attend the event, please register by sending your name, position, institution, email address, Zoom name and, optionally, your professional twitter or other social media account names to ruohan.wu@student.manchester.ac.uk before 8th June 2021.

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