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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.

Course content

Modules you will cover in this Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Training:

  1. Module 1 - Causes, symptoms and effects of HAVS. In this HAVS module 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.
  2. Module 2 - HAVS risk assessment. In this HAVS 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.
  3. Module 3 - Risk reduction. In this HAVS 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.

Is this course right for me?

Everyone can benefit from having a better understanding of learning disabilities, not just in the workplace but in wider society.  By completing this course many preconceived ideas about learning disabilities may be challenged and you will have a increased understanding of the challenges people face, but also the capabilities of people with learning disabilities.

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.  

Remember, if you need to purchase multiple courses you may be eligible for a discount. Contact us to see how we can help you.


  • Fully online course with assessment at the end of each module

  • CPD certified by the CPD certification Service

  • CPD certificate available to download upon completion

  • Audio option (read aloud)

  • Optional learner file resource

  • Approximate 2 hour duration

Optional Formal Accreditation

Most of our courses have the option for formal accreditation through Open College Network West Midlands.

What does this mean?

Whilst all of our courses are CPD certified as standard, formal accreditation is done through a National Awarding Body.

What level are the courses?

The majority of our courses are all at a level 2.

How many credits does this course quality for?

This course is a single credit value.

Do I need to do any extra work?

You will be required to compete a learner file which is available once logged in. This is an enabled PDF so you can type your answer in. You will upload this in your learning area along with your learner registration form. We will then mark your learner file and provide feedback. 

Once this is complete we will put a request in to Open College Network West Midlands for your formal certificate.

How do I get my formal certificate?

This will be posted out to you once we receive it from the awarding body. It is sent recorded delivery.