Meet Reactec at the Work place Health & Safety show in Melbourne from the 23rd-24th May

Reactec, the award-winning UK-based market leader in monitoring and management platforms for exposure to Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) from power tool use, will be exhibiting with JEA Tech at the Work place Health & Safety show in Melbourne from the 23rd-24th May. Reactec has teamed up with JEA Tech to distribute HAVwear* in Australia for the first time.

Safework Australia data shows that c.5260 workers’ compensation claims for injuries or illness attributed to exposure to vibration. Reactec’s attendance at the show will give visitors a chance to demonstrate the HAVwear wrist worn device that monitors personal exposure to vibration and to ask any questions about how to reduce their HAV risk more easily and effectively. Also how by reviewing the HAVwear exposure data, employers can more easily identify and reduce their exposure risk. 

 

Register for the show at - https://www.whsshow.com.au/

 

Notes to editors:
 

About Reactec

  • Reactec is the award-winning UK market leader in the provision of monitoring devices and a management information reporting platform of Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) risk - the cause of one of the most common industrial diseases in the UK, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) – also known as Vibration White Finger.  
  • Reactec’s Analytics Platform which includes the HAVwear is an automated solution for employers to monitor and manage vibration exposure risks. The HAVwear is worn by the tool user and exposure and tool data is transmitted online to provide companies with digital reports of their workforce exposure to potentially harmful levels of vibration. This product has c.50% market share of HAV monitoring devices sold in the UK. www.reactec.com @reactec
  • Reactec has recently released a whitepaper documenting the results of their performance tests of HAVwear – https://www.reactec.com/article/download_new_reactec_white_paper

 

What is HAV / HAVS?

Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) is the cause of one of the most common industrial disease in the UK, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) – also known as Vibration White Finger – with estimates that over 1 million UK workers are currently exposed to vibration over the HSE limit (source: HSE).
  • There is no cure for HAVS, there is only prevention (source: HSE).
  • There is inadequate research on what “safe” levels of exposure to vibration are (source: HSE Laboratories).
  • 2 million* people in the UK are at risk of HAVs. But currently there is under 100,000** take up of monitoring systems, around 5% (source: *HSE **Reactec).
  • 139% surge in disease related employee personal liability claims (2011 – 2014, Weightmans)
  • 42% rise in the number of ‘Hand Arm Vibration’ non-compliances recorded through 20,000 site inspections in 2016 (source: BSG).
  • There are 300,000 people suffering from HAVS in the UK (source: HSE).
  • Successful HAVS related industrial disability claims have increased by 69% in last eight years (Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit).
 

Institute of Occupational Medicine study

HAVwear was independently tested in a study by the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM).
  • The IOM firstly reviewed data collated by Reactec from 23 tool onsite scenarios with up to three simultaneous test methodologies – HAVwear and two ISO5349 compliant instruments. Each tool was tested up to 30 times. The IOM statistically analysed the data for consistency and correlation.
  • From phase one the IOM determined a range of tools to evaluate autonomously which would yield a broad spectrum of tool behaviour. The IOM undertook 477 independent tests of 40 tools covering 16 tool types. The work was carried out in real tool use environments including road maintenance, forestry & grounds maintenance, workshop, and garage repair shops. The aim of this phase was to consider the HAVwear as a risk assessment and or a risk management tool.
  • To read and download the full report please go to: www.reactec.com/iom_report

 

Testimonial:

GAP Group - Malcolm Campbell, Health & Safety Manager

“We’ve been working with the HAVmeter system for the past few years as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing hand arm vibration injuries. It is an impressive tool that provides the best way to monitor vibration levels and ensure HSE levels are not exceeded – which is why are now able to program and install the HAVmeter tags on tools in all of our UK depots.”