Every year Network rail employees are diagnosed with new or worsening HAVS Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. As you know HAVS is a permanent and potentially disabling condition that is entirely preventable. As a line manager, you can assist in ensuring risks from vibration in the workplace are controlled and provide information to employees about risks. This will allow us as an organisation to meet The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations (2005).
The aim of our HAVS management programme is to eliminate vibration exposure totally however this will take time to achieve as engineers work to mechanise tasks that currently are done manually. In the meantime we need to work to reduce vibration exposure to as low as possible and prevent employees from developing HAVS or symptoms worsening for those who already have it.
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