On the Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome website we will provide information on all aspects of hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) ranging from what it is, what the different types are, what causes HAVS, what the different symptoms of HAVS are, how HAVS can be treated, prevented, the tools that can cause HAVS and the legal framework that employers should follow in order to help mitigate the chances of their workforce from developing hand arm vibration syndrome in either its vibration white finger (VWF) form or carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) guise.
What is hand arm vibration syndrome?
Hand arm vibration syndrome, also known as HAVS, is a type of industrial disease that produces symptoms in the arms and hands usually from the prolonged use of vibrating power tools in the workplace. Without proper care and too high an exposure to vibrating industrial tools hand arm vibration syndrome, which is a secondary form of Raynaud’s syndrome, can occur in a worker along with the possibility of carpal tunnel syndrome.
HAVS can be a disabling condition that affects the muscles, joints, blood vessels and nerves of the hands, arms and wrists. Unfortunately the symptoms of HAVS are currently irreversible so it is incredibly important that workers in high risk occupations to extra care to prevent the onset of HAVS and if any symptoms develop they should be discussed with a medical professional.
Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) was commonly referred to as Vibration White Finger (VWF) in the past, but it was discovered that the symptoms associated with the condition were not solely confined to the fingers so the vibration white finger term was superseded by the more accurate hand arm vibration term.