RR114 - Improving health and safety in construction Phase 2 - Depth and breadth Volume 4 Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome - Underlying causes and risk control in the construction industry

Three influence network ((IN) workshops were held with a wide range of delegates representing key stakeholders. Analyses have given an insight into: the underlying organisational and human factors influencing hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS); risk control measures; and their potential effectiveness. These indicate that of the direct influences on HAVS, inspection and maintenance, and equipment operability are primary influences followed by situational awareness/risk perception, health, information/advice and compliance. Process design, training, management/supervision, communications, health culture and equipment purchasing are significant organisational factors. At policy level, key factors are health and safety management, company culture and organisational structure. The regulator and the market are considered to be the primary environmental influences on HAVS. Key areas for risk reduction and management were also identified.

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