Reactec to speak at 7th American Conference on Human Vibration

Reactec, the award-winning UK market leader in the provision of monitoring devices and a management information reporting platform of Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) risk, will be speaking at the 7th American Conference on Human Vibration in Seattle, Washington this week (13-15 June 2018). This is the second time the team have attended the conference which is held every two years and provides leading experts an opportunity to share research and information on human responses to whole-body vibration, hand-transmitted vibration, and the emerging field of foot-transmitted vibration.

The conference is attended by international experts and includes scientists, engineers, medical doctors, psychologists, physiologists, health and safety specialists, consultants and others from Government agencies, industry and educational institutions.

Reactec’s Leif Anderson and CEO, Jacqui McLaughlin, will present a paper to the delegation entitled ‘A Macro Data Evaluation of Variance in Perceived Workforce HAV Exposure Risk Across over 400 Organisations Employing Continuous Monitoring Technology’. Since the launch two years ago, Reactec have collected over two million tool records from customers deploying their unique HAV monitoring technology across a range of industries where the data is used to help organisations more effectively assess and manage exposure risk.

Ahead of the presentation, Leif Anderson said: “It’s great to be at the conference again this year and to be presenting our findings to this respected audience. Our analysis of the macro data shows there appear to be differences between the static estimates and actual field monitored worker exposures across a broad range of organisations.  An underestimation of exposures appeared to be present across all sectors analysed and the higher field-based exposures may be a result of the lack of effectiveness of the existing task based control measures.  These elevated exposure levels occurred for some or all workers within organisations which believe they had adequate controls in place.  Field vibration levels differing from static data used during risk assessment could be considered as a potential contributing factor to the lack of progress in reducing HAVS cases.”

HAVwear is unique as it allows organisations to check assessment against secondary risk data the HAVwear calculates by determining the real-time vibration exposure experienced by the wearer. With this additional insight, more effective controls can be developed to reduce HAV exposure risk, by highlighting issues previously undetected by generic risk assessments.

* Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (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:

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.”