Tools Associated With Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Types of machinery that can cause HAVS

There are literally hundreds of different types of machinery that could potentially lead to a worker developing a HAVS condition, please see below for a list of the more common types of tools that have been known to cause the condition. Of course there are numerous mitigating factors that can lead to whether a worker will develop HAVS, but with careful monitoring and best practice health and safety procedures applied this risk is reduced significantly. For example, tools that operate in the frequency 5 to 20 Hz (pneumatic drills and hammer drills are the types of tool in this category) are potentially the most damaging so use needs to be carefully monitored in this bracket. Whereas, there is less risk of using tools that are in the frequency of 2 to 1500 Hz.

A list of hand held equipment and power tools that could cause hand arm vibration syndrome in a user

  • Buffing machines
  • Brush cutters
  • Chainsaws
  • Chipping hammers
  • Concrete breakers
  • Concrete pokers
  • Cut-off saws
  • Disc cutters
  • Grinders
  • Hammer drills
  • Hand-held grinders
  • Impact wrenches
  • Jigsaws
  • Needle scalers
  • Pedestal grinders
  • Pneumatic drills
  • Polishers
  • Power hammers
  • Power chisels
  • Powered lawn mowers
  • Powered sanders
  • Road breakers
  • Scabblers
  • Strimmers

To reduce the possibility of developing HAVS see our section on HAVS prevention.