Covered in this course

The Hand Arm Vibration Awareness (HAVS) Training course is broken down into 2 sections.

1) What is Hand-arm Vibration?

Hand-arm vibration or HAV is exactly what it sounds like – it is vibration which affects your hands and arms. 

And it happens when you work with vibrating handheld tools or hand-guided equipment. It also happens if you hold materials being processed by hand-fed machines.

This section looks at how working with vibrating tools can affect your health.

We look at Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome and explain exactly how the stages of this illness progress and what happens at each stage. We also look at Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

A diagram of blood vessels and nerve cords within the hand for hand-arm vibration awareness

2) Understanding Your Responsibilities

Here we look at the regulations, safe exposure levels and exposure limits.

We look at what your employer should do to keep you safe and what you can do to help yourself to stay safe.

This section includes a vibration exposure look-up table, as a quick reference to give you an idea of how long you can safely use a tool and at what point you MUST stop.

Screenshot of a hand-arm vibration awareness exposure calendar

Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Certificate

Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Certificate

Real user reviews

Based on 54 real user reviews.

4.09 out of 5
not very interesting, not really enaged

No summary provided

Quite Good

This course is quite a good course. It clearly highlights the problems associated with HAVS and how to avoid them.



Very good

Made it very easy to understand and do test


an interesting course, i already knew the hazards but still interesting to learn more.

A good course, worth doing.

Nicely laid out and explained with detail, easy to follow and understand.

A good course

No summary provided

Good easy course.

Good and professional.

Read our full reviews for Hand Arm Vibration Awareness (HAVS) Training.

Legislations relating to Hand Arm Vibration Awareness

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work. Take a look at relevant legislation below.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations are based on a European Union Directive and were brought in to make sure that workers are protected from risks to their health from high levels and frequent exposure to vibration.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 require that:

  • Risks from vibration are controlled
  • Information, instruction and training are provided for employees, explaining the risks and what is being done to control them
  • There is suitable health surveillance
  • The exposure action values and limits are adhered to

The employer shall ensure that risk from the exposure of his employees to vibration is either eliminated at source or, where this is not reasonably practicable, reduced to as low a level as is reasonably practicable.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, Section 6 (1)

Other relevant legislation

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 together ensure that employers have legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety at work of all employees. And this includes making sure employees are safe when using vibrating tools.

Where vibrating tools are used risks must be assessed. The employer has a legal duty to consider:

(a) other working methods which eliminate or reduce exposure to vibration;
(b) choice of work equipment of appropriate ergonomic design which, taking account of the work to be done, produces the least possible vibration;
(c) the provision of auxiliary equipment which reduces the risk of injuries caused by vibration;
(d) appropriate maintenance programmes for work equipment, the workplace and workplace systems;
(e) the design and layout of workplaces, workstations and rest facilities;
(f) suitable and sufficient information and training for employees, such that work equipment may be used correctly and safely, in order to minimise their exposure to vibration;
(g) limitation of the duration and magnitude of exposure to vibration;
(h) appropriate work schedules with adequate rest periods; and
(i) the provision of clothing to protect employees from cold and damp

Who should take our Hand/Arm Vibration Awareness Training?

Anyone that uses vibrating tools should use our Hand/Arm Vibration Training, whether you use vibrating tools as part of your job or in your spare time, training is essential. In fact, it happens whenever vibration is transmitted from what you are doing into your hands and arms, no matter what you are doing. And, this can affect your health. 

What is HAVS?

HAVS or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is the medical term for symptoms that can be severely disabling and are brought on by regular use of vibrating tools.  

Having HAVS can cause many different hand dysfunctions such as loss of sensibility, decreased force grip and blanching.

Some people will experience symptoms within just a couple of years of exposure to vibrating tools, whereas others can work for decades without experiencing any symptoms.

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