Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) refresher – Buxton, 1 June 2016

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HSL is to run a 1 day course on Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Refresher.

1 June 2016


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.
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

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 to include a review of standardised tests
    and differential diagnoses

  • Clinical management to include diagnosis, staging, the
    interpretation of sensori-neural threshold test results and

  • Worked case scenarios

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


This course is intended for professional development, there is
no formal assessment and therefore no proof of competence. HSL has
applied to the FOM for CPD approval.

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

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


The cost of this course is £425 per person (includes course
notes, certificate of attendance and lunch/refreshments).


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Please note the invoice option is not available within 4
weeks of the course date, or for overseas customers.

For further dates and additional information email:
or contact the Training & Conferences Unit

at HSL directly on +44 (0)1298 218806.

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