REACTEC LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVES TO SUPPORT REVOLUTIONARY HAV MONITORING SYSTEM

 

HAVWEAR is the first technology of its kind in the UK, to be worn by the tool user and as part of the Reactec Analytics Platform which includes integrated reporting software, provides constant monitoring with automated reporting. The reports help support HSE compliance and aid the design and management of risk reduction controls. The condition Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), also known as White Finger Syndrome, is the permanent disablement of hand functions. There is no known cure for this disease, only prevention.

The HAVWEAR system has already secured major customers, including Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, Murphy Group, Aston Martin, Network Rail, Amey Rail, Carey Group, Sir Robert McAlpine, Carillion and British Airways.

The five new initiatives include an online analytics dashboard, HAVCARE, a 4-bay docking station, ethernet connectivity and a quick release strap.

 

  1. DashboardOnline Analytics Dashboard: Reactec’s new online analytics dashboard provides an executive summary for businesses to review the level of risk and the performance of risk reduction activity. This allows businesses to bring HAV risk management into their key business intelligence analytics raising this health issue on the corporate agenda.
     
  2. HAVCARE: HAVCARE is a unique fully managed service provided by Reactec’s experts who provide HAV risk assessment support, tool testing, exposure monitoring and an appraisal of the risk controls. Reactec provides a dedicated account manager, training, equipment leasing, analytic reports and support via telephone or online.
     
  3. 4-bay docking station: HAVWEAR was launched with a 15 bay Docking station as a universal device to support all size of deployments. It is not uncommon for tool operators to work in small mobile and remote teams. The newly released 4 bay docking station provides the same functionality of charging and transmitting data with the flexibility to match small teams and can easily be connected into a vehicle as well as run from mains power source.
     
  4. Ethernet connection: both the Communications module of the Reactec’s HAVMETER system and the Docking Station of the Reactec’s HAVwear system now have an Ethernet socket which is enabled for transferring data via a Local Area  Network. This is provided as an alternative to the standard mobile phone connectivity. More companies can now support their worker welfare in locations with poor mobile phone coverage such as oil rigs, remote rural areas and underground.
     
  5. Quick release strap: the current HAVWEAR strap is a single piece of material fastened by Velcro. Some industries or working practises do not want or allow workers to wear items on the wrist due to regulations and the dangers of snagging a wrist worn device onto third party objects. A new alternative wrist band is now available which will release from the wrist when a certain amount of tension is applied.

 

Commenting on the additional new initiatives announced today, Jacqui McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Reactec said: “At Reactec we work hard with our customers to help them promote a workplace culture that creates a safe and, with equal importance, a healthy environment for their workers using vibrating equipment. Following feedback and research with our key customers we have made some modifications to our current products and introduced new services which will further support businesses in the management of HAV risk for their tool operators. We are constantly innovating to ensure that the Reactec Analytics Platform is relevant and cost effective for our customers.”

 

HAVS, which is also known as Vibration White Finger, is one of the most common industrial diseases in the UK. The condition is usually caused by the prolonged use of power hand tools, whose vibrations can damage the blood vessels, nerves, muscles and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. 300,000 people in the UK suffer from the condition, for which there is no known cure, only prevention.

 
 

Testimonial:

Norfolk County Council Environment Transport & Development - Colin Tibbenham

“We needed a better monitoring system in place to make sure we knew who was working with what machinery and for how long. After reviewing a number of potential solutions, we decided on the HAVmeter because it was the only option that ticked all the boxes for us In terms of accountability as it could give us detailed records of what our teams were exposed to. We purchased one HAVmeter for every worker in our Environmental & Waste and Highways divisions – a total of 250 - which means we now look after everyone who works with us at any given time, including our partners and sub-contractors. If they work with us, then they have to comply with our safety rules. Through our investment in preventing HAVS we have been able to reinforce the message to our workforce that Norfolk County Council takes health and safety very seriously and that we care about and value our workers. Also, the devices mean we now have a robust defence in place to protect us against any claims.”