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Title: TOOLBOX TALK


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TOOLBOX TALK
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

2
What is HAVS?
  • A disorder which affects the blood vessels,
    nerves and muscles of the hand, wrist and
    forearm.
  • Can be severely disabling.
  • Is better known as Vibration White Finger.

3
Why talk about HAVS?
  • 1 Million workers are exposed to high levels of
    vibration, of those 460,000 are estimated to be
    working in construction.
  • 242,000 cases of HAVS are reported every year.

4
What are the Symptoms?
  • Tingling and numbness in the fingers.
  • In the cold and wet fingers go blue then red and
    are painful.
  • You cant feel things with your fingers.
  • Pain or tingling in your forearms at night which
    stop you sleeping.
  • Loss of strength in you arms and hands.

5
What are the Symptoms?
6
Who is at Risk?
  • Users of breakers and pokers, sanders and angle
    grinders.
  • Users of scabblers and needle guns.
  • Users of drills and jigsaws.

7
Who is at Risk?
  • Those with diseases that reduce blood flow.
  • Workers in cold and damp condition.

8
How Can I Prevent it?
  • Ask for low vibration tools.
  • Try a different approach to your job.
  • Use the right tool for the job.
  • Keep blades and cutting edges sharp.

9
How can I Prevent it?
  • Check the tool has been properly maintained.
  • Reduce the amount of time you use the tool.
  • Keep the handles warm.

10
How can I Prevent it?
  • Improve your blood circulation by
  • Keeping warm, wear gloves etc.
  • Giving up smoking. Smoking drastically impairs
    blood flow through the body.
  • Massaging and exercising fingers during work
    breaks.

11
What else Can I Do?
  • Learn to Recognise the signs of HAVS.
  • Stop work and report any symptoms to your
    supervisor immediately.
  • Use any control measures provided, I.e gloves
    etc, that your employer has provided.
  • Ask for advice from your safety department or
    safety rep.

12
Remember
  • Once you have had an attack of HAVS, you will
    always be at risk.
  • Tell your supervisor as soon as you suspect any
    symptoms.
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