What is vibration white finger?
It is often known as Vibration White Finger (VWF), but the correct name is Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). The name HAVS reflects the fact that the condition can affect the whole arm and not just the fingers.
Hand-held vibratory tools such as pneumatic drills and chainsaws are used in many industries from construction to agriculture and manufacturing to public utilities. If an employer does not put in place suitable measures to keep vibration to a safe level, then workers using these vibratory tools can develop symptoms of pain, tingling and numbness in their hands and arms. This is known as HAVS, and it can be permanent.