Reactec product launch aims to help tackle tool impact

A ground-breaking wearable monitoring system has been launched by an Edinburgh firm to help tackle health issues caused by using power hand tools.

Reactec's device will monitor risks linked to power tools

Reactec, which specialises in solutions for hand and arm vibration, has launched the system to help prevent the incurable disease hand-arm vibration syndrome (Havs) which is usually caused by the prolonged use of power hand tools.

The Havwear system is worn by the tool user and provides constant monitoring to indicate any exposure risk.

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Each user is issued with an individual module which is fitted onto a wrist strap. The module has a screen indicating the vibration exposure and tool information and gives an audible alert and vibrates to indicate the exposure level for the individual to then take action.

Jacqui McLaughlin, chief executive of Reactec, said: “It’s essential that businesses do everything they can to prevent this debilitating condition in their workforce.”

The system has already secured its first major customers, including Speedy Services, Morgan Sindall and Murphy Group following pre-launch trials.

The Havs condition, also known as White Finger Syndrome, is the permanent disablement of hand functions which prevents sufferers from doing simple tasks such as turning the pages of a book, fastening buttons or picking up small items. There is no known cure for the disease.