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 HAV 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

For more information on this service and how Aegis can help your organisation ensure the highest standards in health and safety, please get in touch with our team.