Hand arm vibration syndrome is a common workplace injury, often sustained by workers who use vibrating power tools for extended periods of time. Symptoms include numbness, hands changing colour, and a loss of dexterity and movement in the affected hand.
To minimise the risk of hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) in your workplace, all vibrating machinery and equipment should be assessed and labelled to identify any potential risks. You may also consider putting up vibration hazard signs on your premises to remind workers of best practices.
You may be at risk of HAVS if you use any of the following items:
- Chainsaws or hedge trimmers
- Chipping hammers
- Concrete breakers
- Electric mowers
- Hammer drills
- Needle guns
Here at Label Source, we supply a wide range of signs, labels, and tags for the marking of potential vibration hazards. These products can be used to identify the risk level associated with any given piece of equipment; they also quantify safe time limits for the use of such items (as stated in the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 and the European directive 2002/44/EC.
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Carry Out a Hand Arm Vibration Risk Assessment Today
Conducting a thorough vibration risk assessment is essential for minimising the risk of HAVS in your place of work. We particularly recommend this if you work in any of the following high-risk industries:
- Heavy engineering
- Motor vehicle manufacture/repair
- Shipbuilding and repair
- Public utilities
All hand-held machinery should be assessed for vibration hazards; our triangular assessment labels can then be used to identify the hazard level and recommended daily usage to your workforce.
For more information about hand arm vibration syndrome and how Label Source can help you to prevent it, contact us now.