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Helps manage the risk of HAV

25 January 2013

Hand-arm vibration (HAV) remains a big issue on all sorts of vibratory tools and many companies are still trying to find effective ways of managing the risks. Potential damage is well documented and can lead to probl

Hand-arm vibration (HAV) remains a big issue on all sorts of vibratory tools and many companies are still trying to find effective ways of managing the risks.

Potential damage is well documented and can lead to problems to hands and fingers, including numbness, white finger, tingling and lack of dexterity.

Tool manufacturers have done their best to reduce vibration with excellent results and operators have benefitted from vibration dampening and improved tool design.

The HSE insists we manage the risks of hand-arm vibration more effectively and introduction of the HAVi hand-arm vibration indicator is one solution. The simple, low cost device ties or straps to any tool, measures exposure time and calculates the HSE points the operator has been exposed to.

The points system is recommended by the HSE to help indicate exposure levels and recommends two guidance values (EAV and ELV).

As the tool is used the HAVi calculates the exposure and displays the equivalent HSE points.When 100 points is reached an amber warning light appears; when 400 points is reached a red ELV warning lights appears.

HAVi gives operators a simple, workable solution to help manage the risks of hand-arm vibration.
 
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