Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) is vibration transmitted from work processes into workers’ hands and arms. It can be caused by operating hand-held power tools such as angle grinders and road breakers.

Regular exposure to HAV can lead to adverse health conditions, collectively known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), as well as specific diseases, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Under health and safety law, employers have a duty of care to take suitable precautions to prevent or control the risk of exposure to HAV.  Carrying out a HAV risk assessment is a legal responsibility and will help to establish any potential risks and implement measures to either eliminate or control those risks.

Aegis offer a comprehensive service which will ensure your company compiles with the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, such that employee exposures are identified and the risk of long-term ill-health from exposure to hand/arm vibration is reduced.  This will not only ensure legal compliance, but will also reduce exposure to potential costly compensation claims.

This service includes:

  • Measurement of hand/arm vibration levels of hand-held work equipment and calculation of employee exposure levels
  • Comprehensive report identifying areas for improvement and action plan
  • Employee awareness training, including early recognition of symptoms and how risk of long term ill-health can be minimised