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Screening For Havs

Benefits Of Using Mobile DITI (Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging) Screening For Havs (03/04/07)

Anyone who is regularly and frequently exposed to high levels of vibration can suffer permanent injury. The construction/demolition industry has the second highest incidence of VWF.
There is no effective treatment prevention is the only cure.

The screening team will visit your employees in their workplace, often on site, to carry out the screening procedure. No longer will you have to allow your employees to take a substantial part of the working day off to attend regional test centres. The financial saving and working hours from screening your men on site will be a vast benefit to your company.

In reference to The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, we will provide you with a tier of health screening (there are five tiers, achieved over a period of at least three years) We can give your employees tier four screening on our initial visit. Together, the Health Questionnaire responses with a positive reply to any trigger questions and the Thermal imaging scans of the hands will allow the doctor to provide a result in the medical report, with reference to the Stockholm Workshop Scale. The thermal images will allow the visualisation of the effects on the Sensorineural component of HAVS, that have not been previously available.

In many industrial claims, Judges have returned a verdict in favour of the claimant due to having to rely upon symptoms described by the individual. Payouts are usually in the region of 7-25 K, sometimes more if the claimants can no longer work due to health issues. This screening tool can also distinguish the difference between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and HAVS (the signs and symptoms are very similar); claims for the two vary dramatically.

Stipulations For Screening Havs (hand arm vibration syndrome) Using DITI (digital infrared thermal imaging) Camera.

  • Minimum of three screenings for HAVS in one day.
  • Maximum of ten screenings for HAVS in one day.

Requirements For Havs Screening.

  • Room/office space with electricity supply.
  • Temperature control for test protocols.
  • Privacy.

Screening Procedure For HAVS.

  • Completion of required Health Questionnaire.
  • Recording of three Blood Pressure readings. (If extended questionnaire is required) Along with family medical history, which may account for signs and symptoms.
  • Initial hand scans (2 images).
  • Client for screening must be at ambient room temperature for at least ten minutes if digits are not visualized at initial scan.
  • Cold Stress Test (both gloved hands, immersed in a bowl of cool water, temperature set by protocol, for 30 seconds, a vibration stress test may also be used, if prior request noted)
  • Repeat scan of both hands at 1 minute.
  • Repeat scan of both hands at 3 minutes.
  • Repeat scan of hands at 5 minutes.
  • Repeat scan of hands at 7 minutes if required.
  • Repeat scan of hands at 10 minutes if required.

Post Screening Procedures.

  • Scan details sent to Doctors for reporting.
  • Results received by T.E.S.T.4U in 72 hours.
  • Reports and images forwarded to client, within five working days of procedure. (One copy for employer, one copy for employee, if informed consent received).

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