The prevention of HAVS is key because once you experience the onset of symptoms, there is no cure.
Buy good quality, low vibration tools.
- Use urethane power tool handle grips or dampening pads.
- Poorly maintained tools tend to develop worn or loose parts that may vibrate.
- Keep your hands warm so that blood flow is not restricted.
- Avoid smoking as this also restricts blood flow.
- Grip the tool as lightly as possible, as not to restrict blood flow.
- Keep the cold exhaust air of pneumatic tools away from the hands.
- Use work rotation as a method to reduce the exposure to vibration.
- One of the key elements of preventing HAVS is keeping the hands warm and maintaining good blood flow.
- Use good quality gloves with vibration dampening qualities built in.
- True anti-vibration gloves are labeled “meet ANSI S2.73/ ISO 10819 standards”.
- Practice finger/hand stretching & massaging to assist good blood flow.