Some employees who use hand-held tools and machines producing very high levels of vibration can suffer permanent injuries to their hands and arms. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 require the employer to assess risks caused by work, including risks from working with high vibration, and to take measures to control these as far as is reasonably practicable.
Health surveillance could pick up employees showing early signs of injury, which could then be medically assessed.
Employees and employers could be advised about continuing to work with high vibration equipment. Annual screening could help stop problems developing at an early stage.
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome Services Include:
- Tier 1 and 2 combined questionnaire.
- Analysis of results and advice on next stage.
Depending on the results we can then offer
- A combined Tier 3 and Tier 4 practical assessment with a qualified OH Physician
- Report and recommendations.
This can be carried out on site or in our consulting rooms and takes approximately 45 minutes.
- If further assessment is needed we can arrange a Tier 5 Assessment with a Consultant
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome Tier 3 and 4 combined assessment Involves
- A practical assessment with an HSE Approved Physician.
- A report for the company with recommendations.
- If advised by the Physician that an employee in listed occupations has hand arm vibration syndrome or carpal tunnel syndrome, it is required to be reported under Reporting Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. (Source: HSE web site)
A useful video from Health Risk At Work about Hearing & Touch