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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), which can also be referred to as white finger, may arrise from the regular use of hand-held or other vibrating power tools. Early symptoms may include tingling or numbness in the fingers, being unable to properly feel objects, tips of fingers blanching especially in cold and damp weather and loss of strength in the hand.

HAVS Can occur after a few months or years of exposure to vibration. It can lead to permanent and significant ill health with painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints.

Contact with a vibrating tool is also linked to conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Where a works process is likely to pose a high risk of injury or illness, it is the resposibility of the employers to evaluate whether there is a potential risk. However, a full HAVS And Vibration White Finger assessment must be carried out by a qualified health professional (Tier 3). This may also include a formal diagnosis by a trained and qualified occupational health doctor (Tier 4). Our occupational health team is able to undertake both Tier 3 and 4 assessments.


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