Jacqui McLaughlin, CEO ReactecScottish Development International (SDI) is supporting Reactec, the award-winning market leader in monitoring and management platforms for exposure to hand and arm vibration, as they take their innovative product onto the international stage on a trade mission to Australia and Japan.

Photo: Jacqui McLaughlin, CEO Reactec

Launched in 2016, HAVwear is a wearable wrist device that monitors in real time an individual’s exposure to vibration when using power tools. Reactec’s analytical platform provides cloud-based reporting which allows dynamic risk assessment and exposure reduction. HAVwear has enjoyed significant sales since its launch at the beginning of 2016 with over 10,000 units sold and is in use by a number of leading companies in the UK, including British Airways, Murphy Group, Morgan Sindall Balfour Beatty, the Environment Agency, Siemens and Babcock while Reactec is increasingly targeting other industry sectors both in the UK and internationally.


The support from SDI will come through their international offices in Japan and Australia who will provide research support and assistance with introductions as well as providing part funding for the international travel and event attendance. The two events in September are specialist safety and vibration events including the Safety in Action conference in Melbourne and the 25th Japan Conference on Human Response to Vibration in Nagoya, Japan.


Commenting on the international trade mission, Jacqui McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Reactec said: “We are actively working on opportunities in both Australia and Japan and with SDI’s support we can make further connections and attend these leading events to promote HAVS awareness. There is no cure for HAVS but it is entirely preventable. HAVS not only affects people physically but it can also be mentally debilitating causing anxiety, stress and fatigue that, if not dealt with, can remain with sufferers for a lifetime.”


Mark Newlands, Head of Trade & Investment for Technology & Engineering, Creative Industries and Construction at SDI, said: “We are delighted to be able to support this exciting and innovative company to expand its operations internationally and we look forward to continuing to work with them as they grow both here at home and abroad.”


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.



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. @reactec
  • Reactec has recently released a whitepaper documenting the results of their performance tests of HAVwear –


What is 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
  •  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
  • Successful HAVS related industrial disability claims have increased by 69% in last eight years (Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit)


BAM Nuttall - Roy Jackson, Senior Safety Advisor

“BAM Nuttall has always tried to stay on top of the issue of HAVS and ensure the safety of our workforce. In the past, we were trying to accurately estimate the amount of vibration that staff were exposed to ourselves, but this was a lengthy and time-consuming process and we knew that we needed a better system. “When we first introduced HAVmeters two years ago, we saw them as the best option to use to stay ahead of the game on vibration safety. The devices give us a valuable monitoring system that makes sure we know who is working with what machinery and for how long - and provides us with accurate, detailed records of what our teams are exposed to. “We now use HAVmeters in every project where our staff operate vibrating equipment and it is easily the best system on the market for monitoring HAV exposure. By using this equipment, we ensure that we not only keep our workforce safe from injury but also have a robust defence in place to protect ourselves from liability when it comes to vibration issues.”