Health and Safety Executive

Manage the risks and prevent hand-arm vibration syndrome

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) can be caused by using hand-held power tools for prolonged periods of time.

It is a painful, disabling disease of the hands affecting blood vessels, nerves and joints.

Take a look at our HAVS website to find out what you need to do to prevent this painful disease.

It includes key messages and resources including the hand-arm vibration calculator.

HSE’s guidance book Hand-arm vibration (L140) covers the management and control of the risks from exposure and how to protect employees. Download or purchase a copy of Hand-arm vibration (L140).