Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is caused by repeated and frequent use of hand-held vibrating tools. Examples of these are; power drills, chainsaws, pneumatic drills etc. Too much exposure to hand-arm vibration can cause hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms include tingling and numbness in the fingers; not being able to feel things with your fingers or loss of strength in your hands . Also, in the cold and wet, the tips of your fingers can go white, then red and be painful on recovery (vibration white finger). The EGOS environmental team can carry out vibration monitoring of your tools and give advice on how to manage and minimise the risk of HAVS.
Whole-body vibration (WBV)
Is transmitted through the seat or feet of employees who drive mobile machines, or other work vehicles, over rough and uneven surfaces as a main part of their job. Large shocks and jolts may cause health risks including back-pain.