By Aaron Priestley, Health and Safety Product Manager
1. VASCULAR – The impact of blood flow to hands and fingers. Constant vibration of the machinery damages small blood vessels which then constricts and reduces bloody flow. Cold weather can trigger this condition with the area in question changing colour from pink to white, better known as white finger. Even when the area is somewhat back to its “natural colour”, the increased flow of blood can be extremely painful.
2. MUSCULOSKELETAL – Arthritis, tendinitis and reduction of mobility can all be a results of HAVS. It can also have a detrimental impact upon muscle fibres in and around the hand area which often leads to reduced grip.
3. NEUROLOGICAL – Unfortunately, as HAVS symptoms can sometimes take years to appear, very often irreversible neurological damage has already been done. Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers are key factors and have a significant impact on a person’s life. People put these factors down to tiredness and even general ageing to compensate for this, not knowing what damage HAVS has really done.
Not nice to read?
PLEASE be aware of the damage HAVS can do and PLEASE measure appropriately.
At AcSoft we sell a range of kit designed to measure hand-arm vibration.