Reactec has recently launched a new ATEX HAVmeter, a new version of its HAVmeter device that has been specifically designed for use in potentially dangerous or hazardous environments. The ATEX accredited version of the HAVmeter system, which has been designed to keep workers protected from contracting chronic injuries from vibrating power tools, can now be deployed in the UK offshore oil and gas, nuclear sector and petrochemical industries.

The HAVmeter technology is used to monitor vibration levels in order to prevent workers from contracting hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), one of the biggest risks associated with using vibrating power tools or equipment. More commonly known as vibration white finger, the disease affects the functionality of blood vessels and can result in symptoms such as numbness or tingling of the fingers, loss of strength in the hands and the cold whitening of the fingertips.

By recording the vibration exposure levels and trigger times from vibrating power tools, the HAVmeters help to provide an overview of every employee’s vibration exposure so that they do not exceed the levels stipulated by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

The ATEX HAVmeters have also been designed specifically to comply with European ATEX and International IECEx directives required for potentially hazardous and explosive atmospheres.