Exposure to vibration using handheld or hand-fed power tools can lead to serious injury and irreversible long-term health effects. Vibration transmitted to the hands from chainsaws, strimmers, compaction plates, hammers, drills and breakers etc can disrupt the blood flow to the hands and fingers leading to blanching (vibration white finger) and carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include; numbness, pain, tingling, grip weakness and loss of dexterity. Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), is preventable, but once the damage is done it's permanent and is a significant health risk wherever powered hand tools are used for significant lengths of time. Take a look at the Health & Safety Executive’s good practice controls, which can help eliminate or reduce the vibration risk in your club. The hand-arm vibration publications now include the recently published and free to download Hand-arm vibration in amenity horticulture and how to control the risk.
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