The British Drilling Association (BDA) is the UK's trade association for the ground drilling industry.

HAVS

Hand arm vibration can be a significant health risk wherever powered hand tools are used for significant lengths of time, especially construction tools.

  •  HAVS is preventable, but once the damage is done it is permanent.
  • HAVS is serious and disabling, and nearly 2 million people are at risk.
  • Damage from HAVS can include the inability to do fine work and cold can trigger painful finger blanching attacks.
  • The costs to employees and to employers of inaction could be high.
  • There are simple and cost-effective ways to eliminate risk of HAVS.
  • The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations focus on the elimination or control of vibration exposure.
  • The long-term aim is to prevent new cases of HAVS occurring and enable workers to remain at work without disability.
  • The most efficient and effective way of controlling exposure to hand-arm vibration is to look for new or alternative work methods which eliminate or reduce exposure to vibration.
  • Health surveillance is vital to detect and respond to early signs of damage.
More information on HAVS is available on the HSE website 

 

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