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Hand–arm vibration syndrome, part 6

Part 6: management of the employee with HAVS


Occupational physician Roger Cooke and occupational health legal expert Diana Kloss consider the clinical and legal issues of managing occupational cases of hand–arm vibration syndrome.

Hand–arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a collection of symptoms affecting the hands and digits, consequent on exposure to hand-transmitted vibration. It is one of the most common occupational diseases, affecting workers across many sectors, and is a prescribed disease under the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) scheme. This article considers both the clinical and legal aspects of managing individuals who have already developed the condition through occupational exposure.

Roger Cooke is a consultant in occupational medicine and honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Birmingham.

Diana Kloss is a barrister, former part-time employment judge, Acas arbitrator and author.


Author: Cooke R, Kloss D


Occupational Health at Work June/July 2017 (vol. 14/1) pp30-36

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