Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Start date
Two days
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development
£695 per person (includes exam fee)

Workers whose hands are regularly exposed to high vibration may suffer from symptoms due to pathological effects on the peripheral vascular system, peripheral nervous system, muscles and other tissues of the hand and arm. Collectively the symptoms are known as ‘hand-arm vibration syndrome’ (HAVS). This is a painful disease, and is widespread where vibratory tools and machine are used.

This course includes lectures by practitioners with experience in assessing cases of possible HAVS, presentations and group discussion. There will also be a demonstration of instruments and tools relevant to both clinical and vibration exposure assessment in the workplace.


Please rest assured that we will make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

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Learning Objectives

Topics covered during the course include:
• Laws, legislation and regulations
• Exposure in the workplace
• Effects, diagnosis and classification
• Management of exposed workers

Is this course accredited? 

This course is approved for 11 CPD credits by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians.

Frequently asked questions

When are the exams held?

The exam is on day two of the course. The exams are held on site, during the course. FOM provide the exam papers.  Candidates who are doctors are required to pass section A on law and pathophysiology and section B on staging, management, testing and examination. Nurses are required to pass section A only. The papers are marked by FOM, who then send the results back to the University and we will inform delegates of a pass or fail. The examination certificates are sent out by FOM. This can take up to 6 weeks.

Do I get a certificate?

All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance, FOM normally approve the course for 11 CPD points. Upon successful completion of the examination FOM will issue examination certificates.

Does the certificate expire?

No, however we do run a refresher course for you to update your knowledge and clinical skills. 

Can I re-sit the exam?

Candidates are eligible for up to six attempts to obtain a pass in the Certificate of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. Candidates who wish to re-sit the exam must have attended the course at the University of Birmingham. Candidates will be able to attend on day 2 only at an agreed fee.

When does the course run?

It is normally held twice a year, Spring and Autumn.

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Where will this course be held?

Medical School (B1 on campus map), University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT.

The University is easily accessible by train, the University Station is only two stops from Birmingham New Street.

 There are two hotels on campus, both within a 10 minute walk of the Medical School.

Edgbaston park Hotel (G23 on campus map)

Lucas House Hotel (G16 on campus map)

Why Study this Course?

This short course is aimed at doctors and nurses interested in obtaining competency in the assessment and management of workers with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).

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