Dover District Council have always put the safety of their workers first, especially when it comes to managing the risk of hand arm vibration levels. Dover DC identified, several years ago, that they had a needed to protect their workforce and the authority, in order to effectively do this it was recognised that they needed […]
Worldwide there are around 4.8 million people who are at risk of hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) or Whole-Body Vibration (WBV). In the UK an estimated two million people regularly use vibrating hand tools. HAVS is a serious, permanent condition, and alarmingly it’s on the rise with an increase of 12.5% on the previous decade.
Firstly, what is HAVS (hand arm vibration syndrome)? Well, it is a condition that is caused by prolonged exposure to vibration levels and can result in symptoms including; tingling fingers, numbness, loss of strength in hands, white finger, permanent numbness and a loss of grip. Common causes of HAVS are use of a hand drill
Around 2.1 million workers in the UK are at risk of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) every single day. As many as 300,000 people are currently suffering from advanced stages of HAVS or WBV – Whole Body Vibration. HAVS, which is also commonly known as vibration white finger, is incurable but entirely preventable. A serious