HAVS Testing Equipment

HAVS Testing

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is a medical complaint which is of serious concern to employees, employers, and government bodies such as HSE.  Advanced HAVS is a debilitating condition which can significantly impact the sufferer’s quality of life. In order to improve conditions, the laws now require companies to identify and risk assess equipment which causes vibrations.  HAVS Testing is an integral part of this process.

Any tool or machine with moving parts is a potential source of vibration.  Assessment measures include using Hand Arm Vibration Testing Equipment to classify tools according to their performance and it is possible to use HAVS Testing equipment for that purpose, however this is a complex process and many employers prefer to bring in experts that are accredited to IOSH standard in HAVS for the sake of consistency and transparency.

Principal Power Tools have been carrying out Hand Arm Vibration Testing for over 20 years across a vast range of industries throughout the United Kingdom. All our HAVS Testing Equipment is fully calibrated for on-site analyses, and all our testing technicians are IOSH accredited. Having handheld power tools tested for vibration magnitude is the first and most critical step towards achieving compliancy. Our Hand Arm Vibration Testing technicians will analyse your tools and machinery using HAVS monitoring equipment and issue each one with a certificate which provides a record of the test and can be used to inform your in-house risk assessment process and subsequent precautionary measures. Each piece of equipment is issued with its own unique identification number for traceability.

Principal Power Tools are an ISO accredited company, and besides our sales and repair of various types of power tools, hand tools and associated equipment, we take great pride in our role of promoting safe practice within the industry.  For more information on our Hand Arm Vibration Testing Equipment or the HAVS Testing process, contact us today.

HAVS Hand Arm Vibration Testing

Principal Power Tools Ltd offer a on site vibration testing service. Each tool is tested using our fully calibrated test unit. From this test, a certificate is issued for each tool.

Cover yourselves for new legislation by getting us to test your pneumatic and electric tooling.

HAVS & Hand Arm Vibration testing is becoming an increasingly important issue in the workplace. Contact us for a full on site testing service. Monitoring and providing individual certificates for each tool will give you the required information to properly protect your workforce. This could cover you against any claims by employees for Vibration White Finger etc.

Hand-arm vibration comes from the use of hand-held power tools and is the cause of significant ill health (painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints).

Remember

By law, as an employer, you must assess and identify measures to eliminate or reduce risks from exposure to hand-arm vibration so that you can protect your employees from risks to their health.

Where the risks are low, the actions you take may be simple and inexpensive, but where the risks are high, you should manage them using a prioritised action plan to control exposure to hand-arm vibration.

Where required, ensure that:

  • Control measures to reduce vibration are properly applied; and
  • You provide information, training and health surveillance.

Review what you are doing if anything changes that may affect exposures to vibration where you work.

HAVS Leaflet (1454kb)