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HAVS Awareness and Advice Course

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is the collective term covering a number of potentially serious injuries, of which vibration white finger (VWF) is the most commonly recognised.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the development of HAVS, and steps should be taken to reduce the risk where elimination is not possible. Including ensuring your employees are aware of the risks of HAVS and how they can reduce them.

What is the course and what does it include?

The course is designed to make attendees aware of HAVS and provide advice on how to reduce the risks involved, it includes:

  • What are HAVS?
  • The effects of excessive vibration on the body
  • The causes of HAVS
  • How to reduce the risk
  • The combination of the Tool/Consumable and its potential effect on vibration
  • Where to find vibration data for tools and machines
  • The HSE points system and how to use it
  • The Exposure Action Value (EAV)
  • The Exposure Limit Value (ELV)

What will your employees receive? Why Southern Power Tools?

Attendees will receive an engaging training course from an experienced trainer, where all relevant knowledge will be imparted. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

What type of HAVS Awareness and Advice training courses are available?

Private courses

Southern Power Tools prides itself on ensuring that each private course we provide is tailored to your employee’s needs, ensuring that the course is as relevant as possible. Private courses can be tailored to focus on the specific risks arising from using the machines that you do. The only way to fully ensure this is for your employees to attend a private course. Private courses can take place at your site, another site of your choice or at our in house training facility. For a quote and more information please email  

The course can be combined with HAVS testing services and consultancy.

What's the cost?

Costs for private courses vary dependent on: number of overall attendees, number of attendees you wish to have on each course. Generally the more attendees per course, the lower the cost per attendee. For more information or an individual course please email

Equal opportunities

We welcome attendees of all abilities and backgrounds, however currently all of our courses are only conducted in English.