From our clinic next to Waterloo station or at your offices, we offer HAVs assessments up to level 3. Level 1/2 assessments are paper based and would normally be gathered by one of our technicians. Level 3 assessments can only be carried out face to face by a specialist Occupational Health Advisor or Physcian
What is HAVs and how is it caused?
Hand arm vibration syndrome is damage to nerves, joints and blood vessels leading to numbness and loss of fine control of the fingers. It is permanent once the damage has been done. It is caused by operating vibrating tools or machinery.
What should employers be doing?
All personnel operating vibrating plant or tools should have regular health surveillance to
- assess whether they are starting to show the symptoms of HAVS.
- identify those who may be at greater risk due to other conditions
- help prevent disease progression thus limiting any future disability or liability to the employer
- check that vibration control measures are being effective
The HSE provides a HAVs calculator to see whether someone should be having regular surveillance for hand arm vibration syndrome. Its available hse.gov.uk
We recommend that anyone starts with a regular level 1/2 assessment which would generally be conducted as part of an overall health surveillance approach.
Level 3 assessment
ToHealth also offer a level 3 assessment regardless of whether we have conducted the level 1 or level 2 assessment. This involves an examination of the patient hands and arms to assess their status and is conducted by one of our Occupational Health Advisors who has a specialist qualification in this area.
We can also offer a level 4 formal diagnosis by a Doctor for employment purposes.