HAVS

Westminster Compliance | 14/12/2018

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is a rather painful and potentially debilitating problem that occurs in fingers, hands and arms. This condition is often caused at work by excessive use of tools and machinery that vibrate. The onset of this nasty condition usually starts with a tingling sensation and then a numbness in the fingers.

 

Although this work-related condition has been around for a long time, little is done in the workplace to prevent it from happening or even understanding that it might happen. Employers have a duty of care to their staff and their sub-contractors to assess the risks and to ensure control measures are in place to stop more people being affected by this condition.

 

It was reported recently that a division of the Balfour Beatty Group was given a very large fine (and made to pay costs) because the company had recognised there was a problem but had not put control measures in place.  Workers were regularly exposed to harm from vibrating machinery such as hydraulic breaker drills and many ended up suffering from this debilitating and disabling condition.

 

Should you require further advice on managing HAVS in your workplace then please feel free to email us at info@westminstercompliance.co.uk

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