IOM and SOM Series of Training Courses: The Management of Hand Arm Vibration in the Workplace
Regular and frequent exposure to hand-arm vibration can lead to two forms of permanent ill health; hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The health changes include reduced sensory perception, muscle weakness and numbness of the fingers; caused by damage to blood vessels, nerves and joints. In some individuals, symptoms may appear after only a few months of exposure, in others symptoms may not appear for many years. If exposure to vibration is not removed the symptoms are likely to get worse and may become permanent, severely affecting both an individual’s job and social life.
Reduction at source is the best approach to any work-related risk including hand arm vibration and employers must assess whether their employees regularly and frequently work with vibrating tools and equipment and/or handle vibrating materials. The assessment must also consider how long employees are exposed to vibration and at what level.
This course will briefly outline the health implications of exposure to hand arm vibration and the legal requirements of employers to assess the risks.
The presentation will then focus on the elements of a vibration risk management programme and the monitoring of an effective control programme.
By the end of the day attendees will:
- Have an understanding of the basics of vibration;
- Understand the health effects of exposure to HAV;
- Be aware of the legal requirements of the regulations;
- Know how exposure assessments should be conducted;
- Understand the elements of a risk management programme ; and
- Appreciate the requirements of a control programme, including health surveillance.
Attendees will be awarded a certificate of attendance on completion.
SOM Members, the price is £175.00 + VAT per person.
Non SOM Members, the price is £265.00 + VAT per person.
This is an open (public) course and may be subject to minimum numbers attending.