Type Health & Safety Languages 28 Languages Duration 20 minutes

Hand Arm Vibration Awareness (HAVS) Training supplies you with the knowledge and awareness needed in order to assess, recognise, and prevent the risks related to hand-arm vibrations.


Exposure to vibration might not sound particularly dangerous, but the effects are accumulative, progressive, and irreversible. The good news is that they’re also preventable! Our Hand Arm Vibration Awareness Training course looks at the effects of hand-arm vibration, including those most at risk, how to recognise the damage it causes, and what can be done to reduce harmful exposure. This course is CPD accredited and IOSH approved.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about and work towards compliance with The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.
  • Recognise the early signs of HAVS and what to do to make sure the damage doesn't become permanent.
  • Understand employer responsibilities and what you can do to keep others safe.

Course Structure

This training course is broken down into 2 sections.

  1. What is Hand-arm Vibration?
  2. Understanding Your Responsibilities

Course Overview

Regular exposure to vibrations can lead to a number of debilitating conditions; the two most common being Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

Both conditions can cause numbness, weakness, pain, and if left untreated, loss of control in a person’s hands. This is why it’s so important for you to recognise the early warning signs of unsafe exposure, so that you can act before the damage becomes permanent.

Both you and your employer have a responsibility to make sure that you’re safe at work. Your employer is responsible for monitoring and limiting your exposure to vibrations. It’s a legal requirement for them to provide you with the necessary information, training, and protective equipment that you need to stay safe.

You have a duty to follow their safety instructions, including the proper use of any protective equipment provided. Understand your responsibilities as an employee or employer to avoid HAVS with our Hand/Arm Vibration Awareness Training.

This is a core Health & Safety course designed for workers in the Construction and Manufacturing industries. In general, this course is suited to anyone who works with heavy machinery that is likely to expose them to regular vibrations.

People at risk of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome may also be interested in our Personal Protective Equipment Training and/or our General Workshop Safety Training.

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Hand Arm Vibration Awareness certificate

All of our courses end with a multiple-choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

Hand Arm Vibration Awareness (HAVS) Training concludes with a 20-question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, short in-course questionnaires will guide you through the sections of the training, which are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System). This can be accessed at any time to reprint certificates, check & set pass marks, and serve as proof of commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Hand Arm Vibration Awareness (HAVS) Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note, if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS, then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these yourself in your host LMS.

Why is Hand Arm Vibration Awareness (HAVS) Training important?

It's important that you comply with the law, as well as understand the ways in which it affects you in the workplace.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations are based on a European Union Directive. They were established to ensure that workers are protected from risks to their health from high levels and frequent exposure to vibration.

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 require that:

  • Risks from vibration are controlled.
  • Information, instruction, and training are provided for employees, explaining the risks as well as how to control them.
  • There is suitable health surveillance.
  • The exposure action values and limits are adhered to.
The employer shall ensure that risk from the exposure of his employees to vibration is either eliminated at source or, where this is not reasonably practicable, reduced to as low a level as is reasonably practicable. The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, Section 6 (1)