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Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Refresher

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This one-day refresher course is designed for doctors and nurses who would like to update their knowledge and clinical skills to assess workers exposed to hand-transmitted vibration. HAVS is a complex condition that requires practitioners to have a good understanding of the anatomy and neurology of the hands. The literature on HAVS continues to grow with a new classification and way of testing sensory perception in the digits. Examination skills are difficult to maintain if they are not regularly practised. The implications of poor practice or misdiagnosis are significant for both the employer and the employee.

Course Content

  • Those parts of The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations relevant to clinicians
  • Risk assessment - how to recognise a good one?
  • How to calculate vibration exposure
  • Health surveillance - HSE's tiered approach and the content of health records
  • Clinical assessment and differential diagnoses
  • Standardised tests
  • Clinical management to include diagnosis, staging, the interpretation of quantitative sensory tests
  • Worked case scenarios

  • The opportunity to validate your monofilaments

Who should attend?

The course is open to occupational physicians, occupational health nurses and general practitioners with an interest in occupational health who have successfully completed the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) two-day Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome course.


This course is intended for professional development, there is no formal assessment and therefore no proof of competence. You will be provided with a certificate of attendance with CPD accreditation.

Course presenters

  • Dr Jon Poole MD FRCP FFOM is an accredited consultant occupational physician at HSL
  • Dr Howard Mason PhD is a principal scientist at HSL and co-author of the FOM's HAVS review


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 Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The cost of this course is £515 per person (includes course notes, certificate of attendance and lunch/refreshments).


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Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

For further dates and additional information email: or contact the Training and Events Team at HSE directly on +44 (0)203 028 3704.

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Related Information

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Relevant Publications

L140: Hand Arm Vibration

INDG296 Hand-Arm Vibration

Contact Details

Training & Conferences Unit
Harpur Hill
Buxton, Derbyshire
SK17 9JN

T: +44 (0)1298 218806