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. 

EVENTS
20 October
2021
In partnership with the ICBA

Particles and Health 2021

  • 20 October 2021
  • Running from the 20.10.21 to 21.10.21

IOM is proud to be sponsoring the Particles and Health conference, a two day event designed for regulators and researchers to:

  • Address scientific studies regarding human health effects of PSLTs. The value of human studies over animal studies-when human-exposed populations can be studied adequately- will be emphasized.
  • Review and discuss definition of PSLT’s proposed at Edinburgh workshop and published in 2020 in the Journal Inhalation Toxicology with attention to both similarities and differences among these substances.
  • Address translational toxicology challenges, including the appropriateness of rats as models for human lung pathogenesis (particularly lung cancer) in light of lung overload phenomena and species differences.
  • Serve as a platform to present current scientific information about PSLTs important for regulatory action.
  • Publication of pertinent conference presentations in the peer reviewed scientific literature will allow the presentations to live beyond the conference and subsequently be reviewed part of regulatory deliberations.
  • Establish an interdisciplinary setting for industry, academia and regulatory professionals to interact on an important topic. Such interaction can facilitate enhanced understanding of the science and appropriate classification, labelling and setting exposure limits, among others.
  • Recommend areas for further research regarding the significance of the rat as a model for translation toxicology. 
  • Review the biokinetics of inhaled nanoparticles and the potential for non-pulmonary effects.

For more information and tickets please visit the Particles and Health website here.

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