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The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations came into force in
the UK in 2005. HSE's Guidance on the Regulations requires all
occupational health professionals to undergo training in the
recognition and management of workers with hand-arm vibration
syndrome. The syllabus for the training and the quality of training
is overseen by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
The HAVS assessment unit
opened in Sheffield in 1998 before moving to Buxton and has
performed assessments on over 9000 workers. Two-day training
courses have been running at Buxton for 12 years and demand for
them is now so great that there are five courses per year. So as to
provide more individual teaching and small group sizes for the
parallel sessions delegate numbers are limited to 20 per course.
One-day refresher courses are also available for accredited
specialists in occupational medicine or for those who have been on
a two-day course.
Scientists at HSL have conducted several HSE-funded research
projects into HAVS as well as studies on disability caused by
hand-transmitted vibration. In 2004, HSL published a
systematic review and guidance on the use of objective testing for
HAVS which was commissioned by the Faculty of Occupational
Medicine. Recent research includes an analysis of the relationship
between clinical staging and standardised tests, the use of
magnetic resonance angiography in vascular HAVS, multi-segmental
nerve conduction tests, a new classification for HAVS and the use
of monofilaments for sensory perception testing.
This comprehensive and highly rated course is designed for
occupational health nurses, occupational physicians, GPs
with an interest in occupational health and hand surgeons. It will
set out the key areas of HAVS assessment and provide guidance on
how to examine and manage cases of HAVS. Time has been set aside
for case scenarios, question and answer sessions.
As part of the course there will be parallel workshops and
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) to develop your
Please note when booking this course you will be
required to quote your NMC or GMC number.
At the end of the course there will be an assessment and those
who are successful will receive a certificate from the Faculty of
Occupational Medicine (FOM).
The course will cover:
- Legal requirements;
- Calculation of cumulative vibration exposure
- Risk assessment;
- Control of vibration exposure;
- Clinical examination;
- Standardised clinical and laboratory tests;
- Tier 1 to 5 health surveillance;
- Case management;
- Health record and medical report writing.
- The opportunity to validate your monofilaments.
• Mr Paul Pitts is HSL's noise & vibration technical
• Dr Howard Mason is a Principal Scientist at HSL and co-author of
the FOM HAVS review
• Dr Jon Poole MD FRCP FFOM is an accredited consultant
occupational physician with a joint appointment at HSL and the
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
The course will be run at the HSL laboratory in the spa town of
Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good
links to mainline train stations and Manchester International
Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at www.visitbuxton.co.uk
The cost of this two-day course is £825 per person (to include
course notes, lunches and dinner at a restaurant in Buxton on the
first night ). Please note that this fee now includes
the FOM certificate.
Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit
card at the time of booking.
For further dates and additional information email: email@example.com or
contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203
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