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Occupation health Surveillance Programme

Annual HAVS screening assessment

The aims of the health surveillance programme are primarily to safeguard the health of workers (including identifying and protecting individuals at increased risk), but also to check the long-term effectiveness of control measures. One of the specific aims is to prevent workers developing a degree of HAVS that is associated with disabling loss of hand function. Health surveillance for HAVs is appropriate where a risk assessment has shown the need and it should operate alongside a programme of vibration risk control measures.

All employees who work with equipment which produces significant levels of vibration, and who have been identified as potentially at risk from Hand-Arm Syndrome (HAVS), Vibration White Finger (VWF) or whole body vibration are required to complete this assessment questionnaire, and will be required to complete further questionnaires annually. Your line manager will inform you when you are required to complete and submit the assessment form, which can now be accessed below and submitted directly to the Occupational Nurse.