Prevent hand-arm vibration

This Napo scene looks at hand arm vibration associated with powered work equipment and tools. The activity encourages participants to discuss issues such as the health and safety issues raised in the film and possible solutions; raising concerns in the reporting of symptoms.

Facilitator guidance
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Learning Objectives

Participants understand:

  • The importance of taking time to identify hand arm vibration (HAV) hazards associated with the use of hand-held powered work equipment and tools (w,m,s)
  • How to identify tools and work activities that have the potential to cause exposure to vibration (w,m,s)
  • The importance of early symptom reporting (w,m,s)
  • Why they should apply this knowledge both at work and out of work (w,m,s)

managers (m) supervisors (s) and workers (w)


Facilitator to introduce Napo, encouraging participants to identify the potential for MSDs.  Facilitator to encourage participants to share their own experiences using the recommended questions from the following options:

Questions to consider:

  • What health and safety issues does the film raise? Can you suggest any solutions? (w,m,s)
  • Do you recognise this type of situation from your own workplace?(w)
  • How would you raise concerns, report your symptoms and suggest improvements to this task to reduce the risk of HAV? (w)
  • How do you encourage workers to report early symptoms of HAV eg tingling or numbness? (m,s)
  • How do you ensure that your organisation considers new developments in technology that reduces the potential for HAV in your workplace? (m,s)
Concluding questions
  • Can you explain the importance of taking the time to identify the hazards associated with the use of hand held powered work equipment and tools? (w,m,s)
  • Can you explain the added value of a team approach to assessing HAV and selecting control measures? (w,m,s)
  • Participants can explain the short and long term benefits of assessing HAV on a personal and organisational level (w,m,s)
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