Vibration White Finger and Dermatitis

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Vibration White Finger and Dermatitis

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) more commonly known as Vibration White Finger (VWF) is a condition caused by the frequent pro-longed use of hand-held vibrating tools. Raynaud’s syndrome can also be a term used to represent discoloration of the fingers and hands.

Examples of such hand held tools causing VWF are:

  • Jackhammers
  • Stihl saws
  • Vibrating rollers
  • Wackers
  • Drills
  • Powered saws
  • Grinders
  • Polishers

Examples of industries in which the use of hand-held vibrating tools is common are:

  • Construction
  • Fabrication
  • Foundry/Ironworks
  • Road maintenance
  • Vehicle boy repairs

Examples of symptoms you can experience if you have VWF include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling and pins and needles
  • Weakened grip
  • Manual dexterity problems
  • Cold white fingers (Raynaud’s syndrome)
  • Loss of sensation

(The above lists are not exhaustive).


There are various conditions that can affect the skin as a result of exposure to irritants in the workplace. The most common is dermatitis. Dermatitis can cause the affected area to become:

  • Red
  • Dry
  • Inflamed
  • Blistered
  • Cracked
  • Thickened

The most commonly affected areas are the hands.

If you work in an industry where you work with or are exposed to chemical agents in any form, this can include, cleaning agents such as soap or rubber and have developed any of the above or other symptoms affecting your skin then you could be suffering from work related dermatitis.

Examples of industries that are at high risk of work related skin conditions are:

  • Flavourings industry
  • Chemical workers
  • Cleaners
  • Hairdressers
  • Construction and factory workers
  • Motor vehicle repair

If you have symptoms that you think may have been caused by exposure to irritant substances in the workplace, even if the symptoms you have or the substances you have worked with are not on the lists above, then please contact the MRH Solicitors industrial disease team on 01204 535 333 or fill out out online form

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