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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 2 sections

  1. 1 What is Hand-arm Vibration?
  2. 2 Understanding Your Responsibilities
Man using hand arm vibration equipment - Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Training
A diagram of blood vessels and nerve cords within the hand for hand-arm vibration awareness

Hand-arm vibration or HAV is exactly what it sounds like – it is vibration which affects your hands and arms. This section looks at how working with vibrating tools can affect your health. We look at Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and explain exactly how the stages of this illness progress and what happens at each stage.

Screenshot of a hand-arm vibration awareness exposure calendar

In this part of hand-arm vibration training, 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, to give you an idea of how long you can safely use a tool and at what point you MUST stop.

About this course

Regular exposure to vibrations can lead to a number of debilitating conditions; the two most common are Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

Both conditions can cause numbness, weakness, pain, and, if left untreated, loss of control in a person’s hands; it’s important that you’re able to recognise the early warning signs and know when your exposure exceeds safe limits so you can act before the damage becomes permanent.

Both you and your employer have a responsibility to make sure that you’re safe at work. Your employer is responsible for monitoring and limiting your exposure to vibrations, for making sure that you’re properly trained and have all the information you need to stay safe, and for providing protective equipment. You have a duty to follow their safety instructions and to properly use/ wear any safety equipment they provide. Understand your responsibilities as an employee or employer and avoid HAVS with our Hand/Arm Vibration Awareness Training. 

This is a core Health & Safety course designed for workers in the Construction and Manufacturing industries, or more generally, anyone who works with heavy machinery likely to expose them to regular vibrations.

People at risk of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome may also be interested in our Personal Protective Equipment Training and/or our General Workshop Safety Training

Sophie Cohen, a presenter of Hand Arm Vibration Awareness (HAVS) Training

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Sophie Cohen

The importance of Hand Arm Vibration Awareness (HAVS) Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Hand Arm Vibration Awareness certificate

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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 questions 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 (HAVS) Training 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.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Certificate

636 real user reviews

4.7 out of 5
An informative refresher

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Very good

This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Well tiered as an introduction to HAVs

Give employees the basic knowledge they need without being over powering with facts.

Good frightening course.

It makes you think of looking after yourself at work.




Very informative

Easy to follow

A really easy to follow course , clear and concise.

Very good presenter

Adequate level of information, without being boring. Very good presentational skill from the presenter, talking in a level, yet not monotonous voice.

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

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)

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Frequently asked questions

Hand-arm vibration syndrome or HAVS is a condition that can occur to workers completing repetitive tasks that work with vibrating tools (Eg: drills, power tools and sheet metal saws). Hand arm vibration training is crucial to members of staff who works with these tools as the long-term effects of HAVS mean it can severely impact their living conditions. Havs is most common in construction workers, miners and mechanics so anyone working within this industry should receive adequate HAVS training.
There are a range of symptoms that characterise Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome some of the most common are: Tingling or Numbness; Reduced Sensitivity; Loss of Dexterity; Muscle Weakness; Pain or Discomfort; Changes in Skin Color or Texture.
The long term effects of HAVS isn’t a good situation for anyone. Individuals that are suffering can see a loss in their nerves and impair their fine motor skills meaning that routine daily tasks can’t be done. Not only this but Hand Arm Vibration can lead to constant chronic pain in the hands, wrists and arms. This loss of control may mean that the individual never works again and that is why Hand Arm Vibration training is important. It is important to recognise the early warning signs of HAVS and take steps to prevent further exposure to hand-arm vibrations. Proper training, the use of vibration-dampening tools, and implementing control measures to minimize vibration exposure are crucial in reducing the risk of developing HAVS.