Hand Arm Vibration

This Hand Arm Vibration course ensures that employees are adequately trained in accordance with The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. The training includes a simple explanation of the nature of vibration, how it can cause damage, how levels can be reduced and health risks minimised.

Who should attend?

In order to comply with The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, an employer must provide training to any employee who may be exposed to significant levels (i.e. above the Exposure Action Value of 2.5m/s2). The course is also recommended for managers who have specific responsibilities regarding health and safety, and supervisors who are required to enforce the necessary control measures.

Aims and objectives of the course:

To highlight the potential harm from vibration in the workplace and to pass on good practices to reduce the risk of hand-arm vibration syndrome. The course is particularly relevant for operators of hand-operated power tools (e.g. hammer-drills,) or for those whose work involves holding materials being processed by machines such as pedestal grinders.

At the end of the course delegates will:

Appreciate the key legislation and guidance covering HAVS in the workplace including the implications and requirements of the impending Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 which implement the physical Agents (vibration) Directive (2002/44/EC).
To understand the symptoms and effects of excessive vibration.
Appreciate the risks associated with using vibrating tools.
To understand the techniques to adopt to reduce the risk associated with noise and vibration
Understand employers’ and employees’ duties.
To be aware of the guidance relating to HAVS.

Throughout the course, the following topics will be introduced, explained or demonostrated to the delegates:

What is HAVS
Current legislation on HAVS
What causes HAVS
Recognising HAVS
HAV Advice
What to do if you have HAVS
How to reduce the risk of HAVS
Tools and Equipment


Throughout the course there is a constant assessment by the instructor who will ask questions about what he has covered in the course, some may be theoretical and some may be practical. At the end of the course, there is a 30-question, multiple-choice paper to be completed by all delegates. A pass mark of 24/30 is set for all delegates. Once these papers are marked and delegates passed then they will proceed to a 10-minute practical assessment.


All delegates that succeed with the course will receive an A4 certificate of attendance this will be valid for 3 years.

the following are frequently asked questions about the Hand Arm Vibration course:

What is Required?

There are no requirements to partake in the Hand Arm Vibration course.

How Long is the Course?

The total length of the course is: Half-Day

£80.00 Per Delegate Excluding VAT