Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome: an evidence based review and summary for managers and workers

Many workers are affected by HAVS – over 300,000 in the UK alone. Co-funded with the EEF, a FOM-led project to provide evidence-based practical advice for occupational health professionals with an emphasis on clinical testing and management of the individual; summary of the evidence for occupational health professionals on the management of clinical aspects of hand transmitted vibration in the workplace; evidence summary for safety representatives, employees, line managers. Launched 28 April 2004.

The full evidence review may be purchased from the Faculty of Occupational Medicine

In addition to seedcorn funding from our sponsors, Transco and the HSE generously contributed project funding. A condition of BOHRF co-funding of £40,000 was the extension of the project to include publication of a summary of the evidence for line managers and workers, made possible by sponsorship from GSK's small donations scheme. HAVS is included in the Physical Agents Directive, now implemented in the UK via regulations and guidance in 2005. The next phase of this project is joint FOM/HSE Guidance on Health Surveillance.

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Last Update: 28-Jul-2013