Hand Arm Vibration

An online Hand Arm Vibration course designed to raise awareness of the dangers of exposure to vibrating tools and the effects this can have on an employee’s health

Key Learning Points:

  • What hand arm vibration is and why it can be dangerous
  • The symptoms and effects of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
  • When and how to conduct a risk assessment
  • When health surveillance is appropriate
  • The range of control measures available to handle risks

Course Overview

Meet Charlotte and Tony. Charlotte uses sanding tools and oscillating saws to produce prosthetic limbs. Tony works on demolition sites using concrete breakers and scabblers. Their jobs are very different but they have one thing in common: hand arm vibration.

Millions of us are at risk of developing Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or other health complications from exposure to vibrating tools. Our Hand Arm Vibration eLearning course explores the dangers of exposure to vibration at work and what can be done to avoid health issues.

Course Details

  • Engaging learning with voiceovers
  • Scenario-based multiple-choice assessment
  • Certificate on completion
  • Course can be tailored to meet your specific requirements

Course Contents

Our Hand Arm Vibration online course covers four main topic areas. These are:

Our Hand Arm Vibration online course covers four main topic areas. These are:

Hand Arm Vibration

Learn what hand arm vibration is and what the associated health hazards are. Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) can cause serious disability and millions of UK workers are at risk. This section covers the relevant tools and processes and how vibration exposure levels are calculated.

Control Measures

Find out what employers and employees can do to reduce the risk posed by hand arm vibration. Control measures range from changing the person’s working conditions or work activities through to providing personal protective equipment (PPE). Each case needs to be assessed on its individual merits.

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are a key part of keeping employees safe from all manner of health and safety hazards. The course covers a simple five step process for producing a risk assessment for hand arm vibration. Large and small employers alike will be able to effectively manage each worker’s exposure to vibration.

Health Surveillance

Explore employers’ obligations to reduce the risk of hand arm vibration on their workers. Learn about the 5-tier approach to health surveillance that protects workers, from those who are not currently showing any symptoms through to people who have a formal diagnosis of HAVS.

This course is published by Cylix

Tailored versions of the courses are available for the following sectors

Compatible for

Any Workplace

Public Sector




Fire & Rescue

The Assessment

To pass the course, learners must listen to the case studies and answer questions on control measures, risk assessment and health surveillance as the course goes along. For each correct answer, they will collect a body warmer. If they get a question wrong, they will get a white hand. Collect 3 body warmers (and no more than 1 white hand) to successfully complete the course.

2 Ways of Purchasing

You can purchase our courses individually or for even better value you can purchase the complete range of Compliance, Health and Safety or Performance Management courses in one neat bundle.

1. Individual Licenses

If you buy courses on an individual bases you pay a price per learner, per course per year. You can run these courses on your own LMS if Xapi/SCORM compliant or you can take them online.


2. Complete Bundle

Buy all of the Compliance, Health and Safety or Performance Training courses in one great value package and receive unlimited benefits including our AI driven Learning Experience Platform, Astute.

1. Individual Pricing

Number of Learners Cost (per year)
1 - 10
£34.50 / per learner
11 - 20
£29 / per learner
21 - 50
£23 / per learner
51 - 100
£17.50 / per learner
101 - 150
£11.50 / per learner
Exchange rates are updated regularly but are only intended as a guide.

2. Complete Bundle Pricing

If you buy all the Compliance, Health & Safety or Performance Training in a complete bundle, all features come as standard, no matter the size of your organisation!
Number of Learners Cost (per year)
50 - 100
£34.50 / per learner
101 - 200
£29 / per learner
201 - 300
£24.50 / per learner
301 - 400
£21 / per learner
401 - 500
£17.50 / per learner
501 - 750
£14.50 / per learner
751 - 1000
£11.50 / per learner
1001 - 2500
£9.50 / per learner
2501 - 5000
£7 / per learner
5000 - 10,000
£6 / per learner
10,000 +

Included Features

  • All courses in our catalogue
  • Our Learning Experience Platform ‘Astute’
  • New courses added regularly
  • Branded, downloadable posters
  • Customise Course Content for Your Team
  • Regular course updates
  • Dedicated Account Manager
  • Unlimited help desk support
Exchange rates are updated regularly but are only intended as a guide. Prices are based on a 2 year contract.

The Importance of Hand Arm Vibration Training

Hand arm vibration syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome affect thousands of people. Symptoms include numbness and tingling in the hands and can result in difficulty with gripping objects.

Thousands of workers use vibrating tools in their day to day jobs, putting them at risk of health complications after extended exposure. Control measures can lessen this risk considerably, so it’s incredibly important that staff know how to protect themselves from the dangers.


If you have any questions that are not covered here, please get in touch.

Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is, sadly, often incurable. There are ways to control the damage and the pain but by far the best course of action is to prevent HAVS before it takes hold. This involves making sure your exposure to vibrating tools is carefully controlled and any early symptoms are taken seriously.

Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is caused by long-term exposure to vibrating power tools including drills, chainsaws and other construction machinery. When this exposure is long-term, repeated and not properly controlled, the health effects can be extreme and cause permanent loss of sensation and function.

Vibration can be bad for your hands and overall health if exposure is uncontrolled and repeated. The use of power tools can put pressure on bones, joints and tendons in the hands, often producing health effects that are irreversible. Exposure to vibrating power tools must be carefully monitored and controlled.

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