Category Archives: Insurance

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 […]

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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 […]

It’s almost like a Fitbit…’ Wearable tech can keep us safe at work too, says industry expert.

We use wearable tech every day in our daily lives, but there are benefits to using it at work too, according to an industry expert.   Keith Prince, health, safety and environment leader for infrastructure at Laing O’Rourke is an expert contributor to a new report which highlights the impact of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome […]

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. […]

Vibration risk assessment presentation – HAV Conference in Bonn

Excellent reminder of what management of HAV exposure entails. Dr Paul Pitts (Health and Safety Laboratory) presentation at the recent Hand-Arm Vibration Conference in Bonn Germany, May 2019 highlighted key points to aid the evaluation and management of HAV exposure.   Initial controls – Ideas and advice on controlling risks can come from a review […]

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 […]

Are daily HAV exposure monitoring systems ISO5349 compliant?

A monitoring system which is used to monitor daily exposure of vibration from tool usage is reliant on the owner of the system using it responsibly. In order to be compliant to regulations regarding the control of vibration at work, to use a vibration magnitude during the exposure monitoring which is representative of that particular tools current […]

Are Hand Arm Vibration risk assessments to consider hands independently or collectively?

When a person uses a two handled tool, the risk is assessed for the individual as being the time on the tool. The person is considered to face the risk of the time and not twice the time despite both hands being used. This is an accepted approach as the hands are independently harmed. For […]