Hand Arm Vibrations (HAVS)

Hand Arm Vibrations (HAVS)

Designed for:

Workers whose hands are regularly exposed to high vibration may suffer from symptoms due to pathological effects on the peripheral vascular system, peripheral nervous system, muscles and other tissues of the hand and arm. Collectively the symptoms are known as ‘hand-arm vibration syndrome’ (HAVS)

Course Aim:

This short course is aimed at providing candidates with an overview of the effects of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Explaining how to monitor and control exposure in the workplace in accordance to the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. It is for all persons who operate hand-held power tools such as road breakers, hand-guided equipment such as powered lawnmowers, or who hold materials being processed by machines such as pedestal grinders.

Course Content:

• Laws, legislation and regulations
• The health effects of hand-arm vibration.
• Sources of hand-arm vibration.
• The risk factors (e.g. the levels of vibration, daily exposure duration, regularity of exposure over weeks, months and years).
• How to recognise and report symptoms.
• The need for health surveillance, how it can help them remain fit for work, how you plan to provide it, how you plan to use the results and the confidentiality of the results.
Ways to minimise risk including:
• Changes to working practices to reduce vibration exposure.
• Correct selection, use and maintenance of equipment.
• Correct techniques for equipment use, how to reduce grip force etc.

Half-day – for up to 8 candidates per course