31st May 2016
Forest Environmental announces its use of the HAVWEAR system to protect our workers from vibration exposure.
HAVWEAR is the wearable monitoring system designed to help prevent the incurable disease Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) - one of the most common industrial diseases in the UK. The condition is usually caused by the prolonged use of power hand tools, whose vibrations can damage the blood vessels, nerves, muscles and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. There is no known cure for this disease, only prevention.
The HAVWEAR system, supplied by Reactec, is the first practical dosimeter technology worldwide to be worn by the tool user and features a wrist monitor, which is synchronised to a special tag on the piece of equipment to be used. If the vibrations from the equipment exceed guidelines set by the Health and Safety Executive, the wrist monitor emits a visible and audible warning for the operator to stop work.
With the support of the Reactec analytics platform software, the HAVWEAR system also provides constant monitoring with automated reporting to enable effective risk reduction. It is the only practical way to continuously measure actual vibration exposure, and eliminates the current practice of estimating workers’ risk levels.
Jacqui McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Reactec, said: “We are delighted to be working with Forest Environmental to help protect the company and workers from HAVS related risks. The HAVS condition is incurable so it’s essential that employers do everything they can to prevent this debilitating condition in their workforce.”
Commenting on the introduction of HAVWEAR, Glenn Tutty, Forest Environmental's HSEQ Director said: “The continued safety of our workforce is at the heart of all that we do. As such, we are always keen to explore, and where appropriate, adopt new systems to help deliver this objective. After assessing a number of options and products we decided the Reactec Analytics Platform was the most effective and easy solution.”