Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome or HAVS as it is often referred to is a debilitating long-term health condition. Common causes of HAVS is the frequent and prolonged use of hand-held vibrating equipment, such as sanders, chainsaws, angle grinders, hammer drills, strimmer's, etc.
The course will explain the hazards and risks associated with using vibrating tools and equipment, we will look at completing a risk assessment and how to reduce risks through a variety of measures.
This course is suitable for those with the responsibility of managing the risks of vibration in he workplace. It is also suitable for individuals who regularly and frequently work with vibrating tools or equipment as part of their job role.
This course contains the following modules:
- Causes, symptoms and effects of HAVS - In this module you will look at what hand arm vibration is, the types of equipment that can put people at risk of hand arm vibration syndrome, how vibration is measured, daily exposure limit values and the legislation protecting employees.
- HAVS risk assessment- In this module you will look at assessing risk of HAVS via a risk assessment. Under the Health and Safety at Work Regulations employers must manage risks in the workplace. We will cover the 5 steps of risk assessment; Identify the hazards, who might be harmed and how, evaluating risks, recording findings, review and update.
- Risk reduction - In this module will look at ways to reduce risks, this includes the obligations of tool manufacturers, selecting and purchasing tools, maintenance of tools and machinery, reducing exposure time, reducing vibration transmission, training and communicating advice to employees, safe working practices, PPE and health surveillance.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
All of our courses are certified. This is done by the CPD certification Service. They have been inspected by an independent assessor and meet national standards.
On completion of this course you will be able to print your CPD certified certificate. This can be used as evidence for compliance, audit or CPD hours.