Guidance Notes: Hand Arm Vibration

Guidance Note: Hand Arm Vibration


Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is caused by over use of tools that vibrate during use and can be a debilitating medical problem. The longer the exposure to vibrating tools, the greater the risk of developing HAVS. The likelihood of developing HAVS can be increased by differences in characteristics of the tool or the way it is used.

These Guidance Notes explain how to carry out an assessment of the vibration levels your employees are exposed to, and include an easy to use chart which shows where you are on the risk scale.

Using these notes to complete the Risk Assessment Form can help you in taking steps towards controlling the risks from HAVS.

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