Guidance for workers who work with hand-held power tools and machines.

Vibration from tools and machines can be transmitted into your hands and arms (called hand-arm vibration – HAV).

You can develop hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) or carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) if you regularly and frequently use hand-held power tools and machines, especially for long periods of time.

Your business must manage work risks to your health and safety. If you are at risk from HAV, control measures should be in place to eliminate or minimise your exposure to HAV. As described in this quick guide, there are things that you can do to help.

Hand-arm vibration – information for workers (PDF 144 KB)