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Health Surveillance for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is more common among those working with hand-held power tools and holding material in place for machining. Prolonged exposure to vibration can lead to damage to the hand(s), which may eventually lead to HAVS.

LATUS provides:

Tier 2 HAVS: Annual Screening
Tier 3 HAVS: Clinical Assessment
Tier 4 HAVS: Formal Diagnosis

Common symptoms of HAVS are:

Impaired circulation (leading to Vibration White Finger), Reduced sense of touch, Numbness, Reduced manual dexterity, Tingling, Stiffness of the joints ,Reduced grip strength


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Health Surveillance for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Tier 3 HAVS:

  • Does the employee have HAVS
  • How severe are the symptoms
    -Stage 1 on Stockholm Scale least severe
    -Stage 3 on Stockholm Scale most severe
  • Qualified person to conduct interview and examination
    -Occupational health nurse
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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) | LATUS

Tier 2 HAVS:

  • Annual self-administered short questionnaire asking about certain symptoms
  • If agreed, can be non-confidential
  • Option to have a Responsible Person
    -Able to gain confidence and cooperation
    -Can explain how the screening system operates and describe symptoms
    -No qualifications and must not interpret symptoms
    -Some training from an occupational health nurse
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Tier 4 HAVS:

  • Formal diagnosis
  • Fitness for work decision
    -Prevent loss of hand function
    -No cases to progress to Stage 3 on Stockholm Scales
    -Remove from exposure at late Stage 2
  • Responsibility of the doctor
  • Medical records are confidential (need consent to disclose which stage of disease)
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Our other Services:

Workplace Testing
& Screening

Health screening primarily focuses on employee’s health, before they start a specific job or task. Health screening allows a company to encourage preventative action before employees start work.

Occupational Health Services & Support

LATUS empowers businesses to think about improving employee health at work, not preserving it. We believe that the best businesses put employee well-being and health first.

Health Surveillance

Health surveillance is the monitoring of the health of employees and carrying out ongoing health checks to ensure that they are protected and supported when working.

Fitness For Work Health Assessments

Ensuring that your team’s working environment is free from any health and safety risks should be a top priority for business owners and managers alike.


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