It has been suggested by a safety representative that staff using hand-held power tools should be wearing gloves as a means of preventing vibration white finger (VWF). Can gloves prevent this particular ailment?

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It has been suggested by a safety representative that staff using hand-held power tools should be wearing gloves as a means of preventing vibration white finger (VWF). Can gloves prevent this particular ailment?

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Hand-arm vibration (HAV) is vibration that reaches the hands of a person working with hand-held power tools or hand-guided machinery, or a person holding materials, which are being processed by machinery. Injuries associated with HAV include VWF.

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