Certain equipment requires specific forms of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in order to prevent injury and/or loss of life.
While Smiths Equipment Hire presents an advisory as to what PPE should be necessary when using the specified equipment, such advisory is intended as a guideline only. Before hiring equipment from Smiths Equipment Hire, you should ideally perform your own risk assessement to determine what equipment is suitable for the task at hand and what safety precautions must be put in place.
Each equipment page has a safey advisory with a series of safety icons that denotes what safety equipment should be used.
If you regularly use any of the following hand-held or handguided equipment, you are at risk of developing Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS);
If you hold workpieces which vibrate whilst being processed by such powered equipment, you are also at risk.
You are particularly at risk if you regularly operate:
Constant exposure to levels of vibration can cause damage to nerves, blood vessels and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) caused by such exposure is preventable, but once the damage is done it is permanent.
Symptoms of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
The first stages of the syndrome can cause the following:
Continued use of high-vibration exposure will cause the symptoms to rapidly progress in severity:
Prevention and Protection
It is the employer's responsibility to ensure that you are protected from developing vibration related health issues such as HAVS and carpal tunnel syndrome. You can still help your employer by asking about or suggesting alternative methods of completing the job without the use of vibrating equipment. However, if this cannot be accomplished, the following should be taken into serious consideration:
The following resources are freely available to you and will help you recognise, prevent & protect against Hand Arm Vibration related health issues:
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