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RR666: Data mining in a HAVS referral population

The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) has provided a HAVS diagnostic service, for individuals under health surveillance, over the past 7 years. Essentially these are vibration exposed workers who are referred by a companies’ own occupational health service, external occupational health providers and general practitioners for a diagnosis and staging concerning HAVS. HSL have access to data from around 656 individuals who have given consent for their information to be used for research purposes.

This report details and analyses the information that has been collected from this referral cohort and details the nature of the health problems, the vibration exposure and employment history in these individuals. It attempts to answer some questions that are of direct relevance to HSE’s Noise and Vibration Programme’s health-related goals.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-03-19