Studying data from the first 6 months of 2016 to the last 6 months of the year, Building Safety Group (BSG) found a 42% rise in Hand Arm Vibration Non-Compliances enforced by the HSE, which can often lead to Intervention Fees chargeable to the organisation. (BSG’s secure membership area, 2017)
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is a physical condition caused by exposure to vibration, commonly through handheld vibratory tools within the workplace. The condition causes a number of health effects, including issues with grip strength and control, the inability to carry out fine tasks, painful finger blanching and even sleep disturbance. These health effects are permanent.
When managed properly it is entirely preventable.
Hand Arm Vibration Non-Compliance means that an organisation isn’t taking the necessary steps to comply with The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.
A recent investigation by the HSE found that a worker for a local council was under no health surveillance and wasn’t told how to report symptoms of ill health, despite working with power tools as a large part of his typical day.
The worker was in-turn diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, leading to a fine for the local council of £250,000. (Press.hse.gov.uk, 2017)
Monitoring your employee’s exposure to Hand Arm Vibration in the workplace is an important challenge to overcome for any Health and Safety Manager, Site Manager or any other relevant personnel. An example of some elements that may make up an effective Hand Arm Vibration Procedure are:
Risk assessments to identify the areas potentially at risk
Training to educate the workforce of the effects of HAVS and good practice
Health Surveillance to identify personnel at most risk
Solutions and strategies to reduce vibration exposure
Our Castle Training Academy is famous for running a 3 day Hand Arm Vibration Competency Persons Course, ideal for anyone responsible for the safety and well-being of tool operators. This Hand Arm Vibration Training Course is run on numerous dates throughout the year, and trains you to ensure your organisation is operating on the safe side of the law, as well as keeping your workforce safe.
You can find out more and book online here https://www.castletrainingacademy.com/havs-and-whole-body.php or speak to our Training Manager on 01723 584250.
Castle Hand Arm Vibration Training Course
BSG’s secure membership area. (2017). BSG reports 42% increase in Hand Arm Vibration non-compliances | BSG’s secure membership area. [online] Available at: http://www.bsgltd.co.uk/building-safety-group-reports-42-increase-hand-arm-vibration-non-compliances/ [Accessed 8 Feb. 2017].
Press.hse.gov.uk. (2017). Council fined £250,000 for not protecting workers’ health | Media centre – HSE. [online] Available at: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2016/council-fined-250000-for-not-protecting-workers-health/ [Accessed 8 Feb. 2017].