Category Archives: Asset Management

The Cost of Getting Connected.

When it comes to monitoring workers’ exposure to vibration on your worksite, can you afford not to get connected? The principle of ‘Prevention Cost’ is straightforward: if you invest in items or programs designed to prevent, detect, or minimise areas of weakness or imperfection within a given process, the process will produce more perfect results, […]

Changing The Rules Of The Game.

When It Comes To Managing Exposure To Risk, Heavy Engineering and Rugby Have More In Common Than You Might Think. Retirement is meant to be a cause for celebration; an opportunity to spend more time with friends and family; the chance to travel more, do more, and enjoy life uninterrupted by the burdens and obligations […]

There Is No Vaccine For Complacency.

There Is No Vaccine For Complacency.

The Continued Risks From Exposure To HAV In The Post-COVID Workplace.   What Happened To The Issues Your Organisation Faced Before The Pandemic? Nothing. The risks posed to your organisation before COVID interrupted business as usual are still here. In fact, they never went anywhere. In the case of HAV-related risks, that could mean the […]

RASOR and HAVwear

Your Membership in the Workforce Needs a Digital Upgrade: Three Ways Reactec Elevates How You Work

Technology Isn’t An Add-On. Today’s workplace is an increasingly digital landscape, and connectivity is a crucial underpinning to a safe, efficient work environment. Reactec appreciates this reality and understands that our customer’s workplaces demand utility and accessibility, in addition to enhanced connectivity. Our core technology, HAVwear, has helped organisations implement and refine controls to effectively […]

HSE FAQ confirms HAVwear can be a suitable tool for assessing HAV exposure risk

The HSE FAQ confirms that HAVwear – a wearable monitoring device for Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) exposure risk – can improve risk management because it identifies unexpected risks experienced by an individual using real-use, real time sensed data. As HAVwear also uses a pre-defined tool vibration magnitude in a trigger timer mode, it is also in […]

FM – The hidden threat to our workforce

FMs put wellness and the protection of the workforce right at the top of the agenda. So why, asks a new report, is no progress being made on the UK’s highest reported workplace disease: hand arm vibration syndrome? 2.7 million people work in construction-related industries in the UK – many of them as part of […]

When it comes to hand arm vibration, meeting regulations is not enough

  “There is no such thing as safe level of vibration,” according to Harry Gardner, health, safety and environmental consultant. “If you are working to minimum standards, you are just dicing with a guy’s health. We should always be striving to achieve the lowest possible level.” The facts show there are real problems with the […]

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome – the hidden threat to two million UK workers

Alan Finley suffers from the impact of working with power tools: he has hand arm vibration syndrome, along with 300,000 sufferers in the UK; there are 2 million more at risk of developing the disease. For Alan, the impacts have been life changing: “I would wake up in the middle of the night with cramps. […]

Workers are being placed at unacceptable risk due to the impracticality of current ISO standards and misinformation, generally from commercial companies opposed to new technologies.

The subject of managing employee potential harm from exposure to vibration through the hand and arm (HAV) is not helped by information being published from organizations which focus on what is not possible with technology such as  wearable devices or who tend to misquote the regulations or take pieces of HSE guidance in isolation.   […]

Reducing rail sector occupational health risk – Hand Arm Vibration

    It’s widely accepted across the rail sector that Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) caused by exposure to vibration transmitted to the hand and arm is the dominant industrial disease and yet efforts to address have been challenging. Could it be that perceived difficulties in readily assessing the risk are hampering the industry’s ability […]