Vibration White Finger

Under UK law, it is a legal requirement for employers to assess the risk of vibrating equipment to their employees to prevent work-related illnesses such as hand arm vibration (vibration white finger).

We can provide you with qualified consultants to undertake a vibration risk assessment and ensure that you are fully compliant with UK law.

Following the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, all UK employers must assess and identify measures to eliminate or reduce risks from exposure to hand arm vibration (HAV). Under the regulations, it is the responsibility of the employer or self-employed persons to ensure an adequate vibration risk assessment has been conducted. Failure to do so can be severe, taking the form of heavy fines or even jail terms. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that you undertake a vibration risk assessment immediately.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAV)

Hand arm vibration, sometimes known as vibration white finger, is when vibration is transmitted from work processes into the workers’ hands and arms. Your employees may be suffering from vibration white finger if any of the following occur:

  • Your employees complain of tingling/numbness in their hands/fingers after using tools
  • Your employees handle workpieces which vibrate while being processed by powered machinery
  • Your employees regularly use hand-held or hand guided power tools and machines
  • Your employees regularly operate hammer action tools or similar tools
  • Your employees work in an industry where exposures are high.

Hand arm vibration syndrome is preventable, but once damaged has occurred it is permanent. Therefore, it is crucial that a competent person undertakes a vibration risk assessment. A competent person must be able to identify who is at risk and implement the correct measures and training to minimise the risk, whilst ensuring that your workplace abides by the relevant health and safety legislation.

We can provide you with expert vibration risk assessors who can undertake a thorough assessment and create real working solutions to protect your employees and your business.

With NEBOSH-accreditation, our consultants have the skills and experience to ensure that the risks of hand arm vibration syndrome have been assessed and necessary precautions have been taken.

We can provide you with the experts to ensure that you are in compliance with UK law.

Call us today for more information and advice on preventing vibration white finger in your workplace. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and we can offer you a free quote on our services. So call us now on 0800 211 8331.

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