Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Workers who use hand-held vibrating tools (e.g. jackhammer) on a regular basis are at risk of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). Musculoskeletal, neurological, and vascular symptoms can appear after only a few years of high exposure. There are many more cases occurring than are being reported. 10% of Canadian manual workers are exposed, which is 1% of the overall workforce.

CREOD is Canada’s leading centre for the evaluation of HAVS, and has been instrumental in improving awareness and diagnosis of this debilitating syndrome. CREOD research found that HAVS is associated with significantly lower quality of life scores than the general population, and directly affects the ability to work. CREOD’s HAVS workshop in 200X was an important step towards raising awareness and developing better outcomes for workers at risk of HAVS.

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