Hand-arm vibration (HAV) at work can arise from the use of hand-held power tools, hand-guided machinery and hand-fed machines. Prolonged and regular exposure to this vibration may affect the operator’s health.  Prolonged and regular exposure to this vibration can affect the operator’s health.  Risks from vibration can be controlled and employees can be protected from ill health caused by vibration  (Hand-arm vibration.  The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005)


The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 along with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (http://www.hse.gov.uk/vibration/hav/regulations.htm and http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l21.htm) require employers, by law, to assess the risks from vibration and identify measures to eliminate or reduce the risk of exposure to hand arm vibration to protect employees health.

The need for health surveillance is determined by employers through risk assessment.


Health surveillance for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome encompasses a “tiered approach”

  • Tier One: Initial or Baseline Assessment – questionnaire for new or existing employees before they begin a role involving exposure to vibration
  • Tier Two: Annual (Screening) Questionnaire – to be issued once a year to employees exposed to vibration risks
  • Tier Three: A health assessment undertaken by a qualified person (e.g. occupational health professional with a specialist qualification in HAVs assessments)
  • Tier Four: Formal diagnosis – This involves a formal diagnosis and is carried out by an occupational health physician who also has a specialist qualification in HAVs assessments
  • Tier Five: An optional specialist referral involving specific HAVs tests, which may aid the doctor’s assessment of fitness for work

Workfit can provide Hand Arm Vibration Screening including reporting and follow-up.  We have Occupational Health Physicians and Advisors with specialist qualifications in HAVs assessments.

This will allow you to:

  • Comply with the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
  • Fulfil your hand arm vibration exposure health surveillance requirements
  • Detect any early signs and symptoms of hand arm vibration syndrome
  • Educate your employees about the serious nature of the disease and the aims of health surveillance
  • Check the long-term effectiveness of control measures

 For more information about hand arm vibration surveillance or any other health service for your business call us on 01284 247040 or email ohadminbury@workfit-uk.com