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2 Day IOSH Hand-Arm Vibration Risk Assessment & Management Course


This vibration (HAVS) at work competency course was developed and delivered by our practicing consultant engineers with both extensive teaching expertise and considerable field experience (vibration measurement is a demanding process). Consequently, training is very practical and effective with a case study content and style ideally suited to busy professionals.

The IOSH approved course is a practical, enjoyable and non-academic way of becoming a competent person under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. It will save you time and money by showing you how to meet all the regulatory requirements as efficiently and practically as possible – whatever your industry. Many organisations are spending far too much on monitoring to far too little effect.

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Location: public courses take place at venues throughout the UK including Manchester, Newcastle, Swindon & Leicester.

Course outline: designed for Health and Safely Officers, health and Safety Managers and anyone wishing to understand/implement vibration measurement and vibration control in accordance with best practice under the current regulations.

Learning objectives and outcomes: delegates gain the knowledge and confidence to identify their organisation’s obligations under the regulations, assess vibration risks and to develop, put in place and manage an effective HAVS risk management plan.

Accreditation: Fully IOSH accredited. 
Qualification: 1.5 hour open book written exam and 0.5 hour closed book multiple choice exam leading to IOSH certificate, CPD points.
Relevant Regulations: the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations (CoVAWR) 2005.

Full day

  • Symptoms of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
  • The scale of the HAVS problem
  • The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 + HSE guidance
  • HAVS management programme
  • Identification and management of risk
    • Assessments
    • Training
    • Risk reduction
    • Personal protection
    • Equipment
    • Health surveillance
    • ‘Buy Smooth’ purchasing and hiring policy
    • Guidelines
  • Vibration jargon and parameters
  • Measuring hand-arm vibration
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Introduction to risk calculation
  • Homework

Full day

  • Homework review
  • ‘Best management practices’
  • Vibration calculation procedures
  • Practical vibration measurement sessions
  • Reporting
  • Written examination (1.5 hours, open book)
  • Multiple choice examination (0.5 hour, closed book)


While this course is designed for delegates with no background knowledge in vibration assessment, you may find the following preparation helpful.

  • Review any HAV policies or assessments your company already has in place to get an idea of the high-risk tools and operator exposures in your workplace. As the day unfolds, this will help you develop ideas of what you need to do once you return to work - and whether previous assessments and risk management programmes are fit for purpose.
  • If your company has a HAV vibration meter, try to bring it with you. This will: a) enable you to check it is suitable for HAV risk assessments; b) you can use your own meter for the practical session. While we provide easy to use, quality vibration meters for delegate use on the course, it is better to familiarise yourself with an instrument you are likely to use at work.
  • Download and skim read over the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. A downloadable version is available from the HSE using this link. Control Of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
  • This course has a high exam pass rate due to the practical, non-academic approach
  • Delegates have opportunities to ask questions of experts re their own specific HAVS issues and to get practical advice or solutions
  • Best practice, low-cost vibration risk management techniques are provided that delegates can take away to apply in their own companies
  • Templates are provided for key HAVS documentation that delegates can use in their normal roles after the course.
  • The content is at the cutting edge of HSE guidance, best practice and innovation

Course Dates

Course Location Start date Finish date Total Cost
2 Day IOSH Hand-Arm Vibration Risk Assessment & Management Course Leicester April 18, 2023 April 19, 2023 £610
2 Day IOSH Hand-Arm Vibration Risk Assessment & Management Course Swindon June 20, 2023 June 21, 2023 £610
2 Day IOSH Hand-Arm Vibration Risk Assessment & Management Course Manchester Sept. 12, 2023 Sept. 13, 2023 £610
2 Day IOSH Hand-Arm Vibration Risk Assessment & Management Course Newcastle Nov. 14, 2023 Nov. 15, 2023 £610