What can employers do to reduce the risk of employees developing HAVS?

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What can employers do to reduce the risk of employees developing HAVS?

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Employers should try to reduce the risk of employees developing HAVS as much as practically possible by: Checking that the vibration levels of tools are not above the recommended level Buying new tools that have low vibration emissions Making sure vibrating tools, which may give high exposures, have vibration control built in (anti-vibration or damping handles) Looking at alternative ways of doing the job that reduces workers’ exposure Training their employees to use the tools correctly Arranging rotation of jobs so that employees can take a break from high vibration tools Arranging advice and routine health checks through an occupational health adviser Keeping the environment warm and providing warm clothing for outdoor workers Encouraging employees to report any symptoms or concerns about HAVS an early stage Looking out for information on the new European Directive on Physical Agents (Vibration) and how implementation in 2005 may affect them and their employees in reducing the risk o

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