Hand Arm Vibrations Syndrome (HAVS)

HAVS refers to a series of permanent, but preventable, conditions in which damage to the nerves, blood vessels or joints of the hand, wrist and arm occur.


HAVS conditions can be disabling and painful, such as Vibration White Finger which limits a person’s ability to do fine detailed work and causes painful finger blanching.

HAVS is associated with the regular use of hand-held or hand-guided vibrating power tools which generate significant vibration exposure to the operator. Approximately two million workers in the UK use handheld/guided vibrating power tool.

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