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Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Training

Our Hand-Arm Vibration Awareness training looks at what employers and employees can do to recognise and reduce exposure to vibration at work - whether in commercial or industrial environments. Minimise the risks associated with long periods of exposure to vibration with our IOSH approved course.

Key Features & Benefits of this Course

  • Complete this course online in just 20 minutes
  • Independently approved by IOSH & CPD
  • Works towards The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations
  • End of course test and printable certificate
  • Free trial, online demo and bulk discounts available

Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Training Course Contents

1. What is Hand-arm Vibration?

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.

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.

 Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Certificate

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 all relevant approvals.

 Legislations relating to Hand Arm Vibration Awareness

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.

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.

 Reviews More reviews

Good course easy instructions to follow

By on January 19, 2018
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Informative and easy to understand.

By on January 9, 2018
It was a very informative course, which is on a common topic in our industry. Hopefully having employed a full time mechanic in our workplace, we can look after and maintain our equipment better than before.


By on September 15, 2017
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