Vibration Assessments

HAVS Testing

What Is A Vibration Assessment?

A vibration assessment helps determine whether or not the controls you’ve put in place to protect your employees from vibration are working.

It’s estimated that 5 million people in the UK may be exposed to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Regular and frequent exposure to HAVS can lead to permanent ill health.

HAVS is caused by vibrations from a work activity being transmitted into someone’s hands or arms, and can occur when an employee is:

  • Operating hand held power tools
  • Using hand guided equipment e.g. a vibrating compactor
  • Holding materials which are being processed by a machine

The Sound Advice occupational health team can identify any employees who are at particular risk, advise you on ways to protect your employees, perform HAVS testing and monitoring and provide any ongoing support needed.

Testing for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is a 5 tiered process, with different stages dependent on the severity of damage caused by the vibration.

Stages 1 and 2 can be carried out by a suitably qualified Occupational Health Advisor.
Stages 3, 4 and 5 have to be carried out by an accredited Occupational Health Physician.

A full vibration assessment report will be provided that will document exposures to each employee, along with the actuation values of each tool.

Call our team today on 0845 862 8040 to book a vibration assessment today.