HAVS awareness and advice course

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is the collective term covering a number of potentially serious injuries, of which vibration white finger (VWF) is the most commonly recognised.

There are a number of factors that contribute to the development of HAVS, and steps should be taken to reduce the risk where elimination is not possible. This should include ensuring your employees are aware of the risks of HAVS and how they can reduce them.


What is the course and what does it include?

The course is designed to make attendees aware of HAVS and provide advice on how to reduce the risks involved. It covers all these important areas:

The course includes:

  • A comprehensive set of BAF approved course notes for each trainee.
  • Hazards associated with the use of abrasive wheels
  • Types and design of wheels (including specification, to avoid incorrect selection)
  • Inspection, testing and storage (including damaged/fault wheel checks and ring test)
  • Mounting of wheels (including a practical “verification of competence” test, ensuring safe mounting procedures are followed and tool care is adhered)
  • Ensuring a safe working environment
  • PPE
  • Safe use of abrasive wheels
  • A test at the end of the course to ensure the participant has understood the content.

Call now for more information or book your place 02392 551931

Private courses tailored to your needs

Southern Power Tools prides itself on ensuring that each private course we provide is tailored to your employees’ needs, ensuring that the course is as relevant as possible. Private courses can be customised to focus on the specific risks arising from the use of different types of machinery by your employees. Attending a private course is the most practical and effective way of ensuring your employees have all the information and skills they need.

Private courses can take place at your site, another site of your choice or at our in-house training facility. For a quote and more information please email sales@southernpowertools.co.uk

The course can be combined with HAVS testing services and consultancy.

What is the cost?

We offer the best value price for each and every client. Costs for private courses will vary depending on the number of overall attendees you wish to have on each course. Generally the more attendees per course, the lower the cost per attendee. For more information or an individual course please email sales@southernpowertools.co.uk

Equal Opportunities

We welcome attendees of all abilities and backgrounds, however currently all of our courses are only conducted in English.

Why Southern Power Tools?

Attendees will receive an engaging, informative and highly practical training course from an experienced trainer that will equip them with all the knowledge and skills they need.

As all of our trainer-led abrasive safety training courses are accredited by the British Abrasive Federation (BAF), all successful candidates will receive a BAF-accredited certificate and their details placed on the BAF national register.

The validation process consists of a theory test and a practical observation.

British Abrasives Federation

We are proud to be fully-accredited members of The British Abrasives Federation (BAF), which regulates the industry and promotes the highest standards of health and safety.

Group Bookings

Make a booking for 6 or more employees and we can run an abrasive wheel course on a date that suits you.

PLUS – you’ll also receive a 10% discount on your booking!

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Southern Power Tools  were chosen as my supplier because of the excellent customer service and advice, their choice of alternative items was impressive and delivery was very quick.

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We’ve dealt with SPT for over 2 years.  In this time they have consistently delivered a comprehensive service, delivering thousands of items for me.  Whether I need power tools, surveying equipment or simply need advice, SPT has been the go-to choice for my needs.

Highly recommend them

Fast, efficient, knowledgeable and friendly service, I’ve never had to chase for a price or a delivery in the 18 months I’ve been using them.

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