Vibration White Finger

Vibration white finger is a term used when secondary Raynaud's has been caused by vibration. This typically happens to people who regularly use certain types of vibrating tools, such as: 

  • sanders, grinders and disc cutters
  • hammer drills
  • chainsaws, hedge trimmers and power mowers

Any vibrating tool that causes tingling or numbness in your fingers could lead to vibration white finger.

Your employer has a responsibility to protect you from vibration white finger. If the job can't be done without vibrating tools:

  • ask to use suitable low-vibration tools
  • make sure you're using the right tool for the job
  • check tools are properly maintained
  • keep cutting tools sharp
  • reduce the amount of time you use the tool in one go by doing other jobs in between
  • keep warm at work
  • wear anti-vibration gloves
  • store tools indoors, so they don't have cold handles when next used
  • encourage your blood circulation by keeping warm, stopping smoking and massaging and exercising your fingers during your breaks

If you're diagnosed with the condition, tell your employer as soon as possible. If you stop using vibrating tools at an early stage, you may recover fully.

 

 Source: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Raynauds-phenomenon/Pages/Causes.aspx

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