Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Online Course

Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Online Course

2-3 Hours2-3 Hours
Interactive Interactive
Cost effectiveCost effective

HAVS is a devastating health condition, caused by prolonged use of hand-held electrical tools. If you regularly use chainsaws, high torque wrenches and grinding equipment, this online Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome course will explain how long term use can lead to serious health implications if health and safety measures aren’t put in place.

Over the course of just one hour, you’ll learn about the health risks associated with hand-held electrical tools, how to carry out an appropriate risk assessment and implement practical control measures to ensure you comply with legal requirements and keep workers safe.


By the end of this 2-3 hour online raining course, you will:

  • Identify those most at risk from Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
  • Understand the legal requirements of preventing and managing the risk of HAVS in the workplace
  • Be able to carry out a thorough risk assessment of your workplace
  • Know about various ways to reduce the risk of HAVS
  • Understand how to prevent and manage HAVS


This online course covers the following subject areas:

  • What is Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)?
  • Who is most at risk from HAVS?
  • What the law says
  • The legal duties of employers and employees
  • The hierarchy of control measures
  • The HAVS risk assessment – what it involves and how to carry one out
  • Minimising the risks – tool manufacturers, exposure time, choosing low vibration tools, installing machinery correctly, maintaining machinery and reducing vibrations
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Effective communication and training
  • Health surveillance


At the end of this course, you will take an online exam containing 10 multiple-choice questions. The exam is marked automatically and you’ll find out your results straight away. A pass mark of 80% is required, however, if you are unsuccessful, you can re-take the exam as many times as you need to at no extra charge.

Who is this Course for?

If you use hand-held power tools at work, or you are responsible for health and safety in the workplace, this online course in Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is for you

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