Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS) Forum Allows Participants to Share Best Practice
LHR Marine Ltd.
Safety Equipment, personal protective equipment, Hand protection
Following the release of the HAVi iS Intrinsically Safe Vibration Calculator into the offshore market; HAVi have set up an online forum discussing HAVS practice. The HAVS Forum - Hand arm vibration - Share Best Practice has been set up on the popular LinkedIn network and has seen many Health and Safety practitioners from the Oil & Gas and other industries join and contribute to the discussion.
What is HAVS?
Hand Arm Vibration is caused by the transmission of vibration generated by tools and machinery to the hands and arms of equipment users. It can occur when operating machinery of a vibratory nature including electric, air, hydraulic, diesel and petrol-powered tools and equipment on a regular basis. Exposure to hand-arm vibration can lead to long term health problems however, excessive and prolonged exposure can be the cause of a range debilitating conditions that are jointly termed ‘Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome’ or HAVS.
The symptoms of HAVS can include:
• ‘Pins & Needles’ sensation in the fingers
• Numbness and loss of light touch and feeling in the fingertips
• Reduced strength and ability to grip
• Attacks of ‘white-finger’ or blanching, particularly when exposed to cold conditions
The development of HAVS is gradual and increases in severity over time. It may take a few months to several years for the symptoms of HAVS to become clinically noticeable but prolonged exposure can lead to permanent damage affecting the blood flow (vascular effect) and the loss of touch sensation (neurological effect) in fingers. HAVS is a reportable disease under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995.Companies who may have already tested expensive, complex HAVS management systems are now looking for a far simpler approach and this is where HAVi can offer something unique. HAVi believe compliance doesn't have to expensive or complicated. Saving money on complex devices and computer-based systems by taking a closer look at actually what is going on enables companies to better protect their workforce by investing more in better tools and smarter processes. Getting to grips with managing HAVS is all about understanding better where the risks are in your business. Using a HAVi device you will be able to very quickly identify which tools, operators and processes are most likely to cause problems and take the appropriate corrective action.
In addition to supplying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), LHR Marine’s reputation for selling Mooring Equipment is well known internationally and they also represent top quality manufacturers of: Working at Height Equipment, Marine Safety Products, Anti-Slip Solutions, Lifting & Handling Equipment, Workwear and Industrial Supplies. LHR Marine’s recent successes include global agreements with major subsea shipping companies and international mooring companies which have been established from their service provision for over the last ten years from Aberdeen, Scotland and Perth, Australia..
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