Casella unveil new HAVex meter
Simple and quick-to-use device to monitor workers susceptible to hand arm vibration syndrome
CASELLA’s new hand arm vibration meter, the HAVex, has been developed to monitor those susceptible to hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). This serious condition affects one in 10 people working with hand-held vibrating power tools such as hammer drills, chainsaws and concrete breakers.
Encompassing a number of conditions including Raynaud’s disease and white finger, without proper workplace precautions and monitoring in place, HAVS can cause irreversible and painful damage to the blood vessels, nerves and joints in the arms, hands and fingers.
For the estimated 2 million people at risk from HAVS, this innovative new meter will help evaluate risk and accurately assess vibration levels. With just three operational buttons, the instrument is said to be much easier and quicker to use than other available meters. It tracks the length of time the operator is exposed to the vibration and is able to calculate and display total exposure, in accordance with current legislation.
‘The HAVex is being demonstrated at two of the biggest health and safety events this year, which provide the ideal forum to place a spotlight on the issues of HAVS,’ said Andrea Bowen, technical product manager at Casella.
‘This condition has plagued workers across heavy industry for too long, so Casella are delighted to offer a product that can strike at the heart of the problem before it begins to cause physical suffering to those most at risk.
‘All of our measuring and monitoring solutions, whether for noise, dust or vibration, are developed to help prevent occupational disease. We keep usability and reliability at front of mind to ensure the process is as easy as possible and that occupational health is given the same priority as workplace safety.’
The HAVex will be demonstrated on Stand 77 at this week’s Health & Safety Scotland event at Glasgow’s SECC (22–23 April), followed by the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) Conference at the London Metropole Hotel, London (Stands 38 and 44), from 25–30 April.