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Hire Company HAV Data Traffic Lights - hirer beware!

HAV traffic light

Hiring low-vibration tools and plant is an important element of “best practice” in HAV risk management. The commonly used hire tool company HAV risk “traffic light” system is supposed to provide information to users about the relative risks from tools. Unfortunately, it can be dangerously misleading as it is based on manufacturers’ declared values that should not be used for risk assessment. Despite this fact, some hire company literature implies the data can be used for assessment. Relying on this data could leave employers open to claims as tools can be much higher risk than the colour coding suggests.

HAVBase aids selection of the best tools to buy or hire to minimise risk. It also provides you with the tools and information you need to implement “best practice” in risk management (statistics, combinations of tools, finger-on-trigger calculations, automatic risk recalculation to meet the regulations …) plus high quality, automated reporting and graphical representations of the data.