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Hand-Arm Vibration and Noise at Work

In the Forestry Commission, many people use equipment such as:

  • chainsaws
  • clearing saws
  • grinders and sanders
  • powered wheelbarrows
  • forest tractors
  • all terrain cycles
  • chippers
  • firearms

Forestry Commission staff working with any of these tools will be exposed to the risk of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and harmful noise. HAVS is a disabling, but preventable disease affecting the hands and arms. Noise can temporarily or permanently damage hearing and can affect people of any age.

This booklet sets out the Forestry Commission’s policy on managing HAVS and noise and provides guidance for managing staff working with vibrating tools and in a noisy environment.