Reactec, the market leader in monitoring and management platforms for hand and arm vibration (HAV), has been named Technology Supplier of the Year at the prestigious Construction News Specialists Awards, held last night in London, for their ground breaking HAVwear technology which impressed the judges.

Launched a year ago, HAVwear is a wearable wrist device that monitors an individual’s exposure in real time. Reactec’s Analytical Platform provides cloud-based reporting which assists customers in dynamic risk assessment and reduction exposure activities.

The Construction News Specialists Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the very best specialist contractors in the UK. The judges for the Technology Supplier of the Year award were ‘looking for companies that can demonstrate what makes them outstanding to work with, and that are committed to providing the best technology innovations available.’

Tracey Gorman, Business Development Director of Reactec (pictured receiving the award) said: “We are extremely proud to win this award for HAVwear which was launched last year. At Reactec we work hard with our customers to help them promote a workplace culture that creates a safe and healthy environment for their workers who use vibrating tools and equipment.

HAVwear clearly shows it provides a more realistic and personalised real-time assessment of the risk faced during tool use than traditional assessment methodologies. This personalised related information that businesses need to avoid their employees developing HAVs which is incurable but preventable.”

Reactec has recently released a whitepaper documenting the results of their performance tests of HAVwear –

*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.


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Notes to editors:

About Reactec

  • Reactec is the 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


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
  • 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)



Interlink M74 Project - David Teasdale, Site Foreman

“I couldn’t believe the HAVmeter could survive those conditions. When we saw it slip into a flooded cavity, we thought we’d never see it again. However, when we found it again two months later, we just took it out, wiped it down, and carried on using it. It is a very impressive and resilient piece of technology.”