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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

The certificate in Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is an indication of competence in this area that is recognised by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors.  The syllabus for this qualification is intended to guide the training of occupational health professionals (nurses and doctors) in the requirements for health surveillance for a workforce exposed to hand-transmitted vibration, and in the diagnosis and management of an individual with HAVS.  It is aimed at health professionals working in the UK occupational health setting, rather than in a medicolegal setting.

In response to a direct enquiry by FOM, HSE as a regulator has advised us that tier 3 and above HAVS assessment and diagnosis in Great Britain cannot be undertaken by anyone other than a doctor or nurse holding the appropriate UK registration. FOM therefore advises that whilst non doctor or nurse candidates, such as occupational health therapists or technicians, are permitted to take the course, they will not be eligible to receive certification at the end. For further clarification, please refer to the HAVS examination regulations A1 and A2.

Further information on the HES’s competency requirements for conducting HAVS assessments can be obtained from the HSE publication ‘Hand-arm vibration‘.

The qualification is supported by the 2004 major evidence review Clinical Testing and Management of Individuals Exposed to Hand Transmitted Vibration a summary version of which is  available also in leaflet form.

Centres running approved courses:

Location Contact Telephone Links Email
Healthwork Ltd, Manchester Clare Condy Website
University of Glasgow Karen Taggart 0141 330 3719 Website
The At Work Partnership Ltd Nicola Kosmin 020 8344 2328 Website

Information for course providers and about course approval can be obtained from the Examinations Manager via the enquiry form under Contact Us.