Employers have a number of options for preventing hand-arm vibration syndrome from the use of powered hand tools, explains Stewart McNaughton, health and safety consultant at Reactec.

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) can be serious and disabling. However, there are a range of options for predicting and preventing – rather than merely detecting – the onset of HAVS.

Around 300,000 employees in the UK are estimated to have advanced symptoms of HAVS and over one million users of hand-held or hand-guided power tools are at increased risk of the syndrome because they are exposed to hand-arm vibration (HAV) above the level set by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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