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HAVS - Tier 3 & 4

Keep your employees and your business safe.

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is predominantly triggered by extended exposure to vibrations in the workplace.

The onset of HAVS can occur in as little as six months when there is repetitive transmission of vibrations through the hands or arms of workers.

Regular checks are crucial due to the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, which necessitates the implementation of technical and organisational measures to mitigate exposure, especially if it exceeds a value of 2.5 m/s² A (8). Employers must adhere to these regulations to ensure the safety of their workers, and failure to maintain safe standards may lead to potential legal consequences.

Health surveillance for employees is mandatory when risk assessments indicate potential health risks due to vibration exposure in the workplace. Employers are obligated to report incidents of HAVS under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). HAVS is considered a reportable disease under RIDDOR, and employers must submit reports when workers begin to suffer from this occupational disease caused by working with vibrating equipment.

Connexus Health boasts fully qualified Occupational Health Advisors (OHA nurses) and Occupational Health Physicians (OHPs) capable of conducting HAVS 3 and HAVS 4 assessments both on and off-site, respectively.

Who needs a Hand - Arm Vibration Assessment?

Workers who frequently use vibrating tools or machinery face the potential of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) should undergo an assessment for HAVS. Compliance with the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations mandates employers to evaluate and manage the risk of HAVS. Establishing a screening program for individuals at risk is crucial in meeting these regulatory requirements.

Which sectors does it affect the most?

Jobs that involve working with vibrating machinery pose a risk of causing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome. Here are some examples of occupations where this risk is prevalent:

  • Building/construction work
  • Forestry
  • Foundry work
  • Heavy engineering
  • Mining
  • Public services
  • Gas, water & electric

How often do I need to have the assessment?

it is essential to perform Tier 1 and Tier 2 assessments prior to an employee commencing work with vibrating tools and subsequently on an annual basis. In the event that personnel reveal symptoms during these assessments, a more comprehensive evaluation should be administered. This may involve Tier 3 assessments, and if a formal diagnosis is reached in Tier 4, additional surveillance and suggested exposure limits may be necessary.

Where is the assessment carried out?

Our mobile HAVS experts can deliver tiers of HAVS assessments, from tier 1 all the way through to tier 4. Providing your organisation with ease and peace of mind.

What are the symptoms of HAVS?

Common symptoms of HAVS include:

  • whitened fingers in response to cold exposure
  • tingling
  • loss of sensation in the fingers
  • intermittent cold sensations between white finger attacks.

Additionally, individuals affected by HAVS may experience bone cysts in fingers and wrists, as well as a diminished sense of grip.

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