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Tool and Equipment Hire Management (TEHM) – hand arm vibration essentials


The purpose of this standard is to provide the Tool and Equipment Hire manager with the required skills and knowledge to ensure the company complies with legislation for both internal and external users of equipment likely to cause HAVs (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome).


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide the Tool and Equipment Hire manager with the required skills and knowledge to ensure the company complies with legislation for both internal and external users of equipment likely to cause HAVs (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome) 


Safety Management – Hand Arm Vibration Management Essentials

Be aware of: 

The medical Conditions  

  • significant ill health (painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints). 

  • vibration white finger, carpal tunnel syndrome 

Understand and implement: 


  • The Health and Safety at Work Act Section 6  places broad responsibilities for the safety of the products Hire & Rental operations hire out. This includes (so far as reasonably practicable) pre-hire testing and inspection to ensure continued safety, and the provision of information. 
  • Obligation to communicate the risks to employees 
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005  
  • Prescribed industrial disease - Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. 

Obligations to manage 

  • the causes -  

use for more than 15 minutes per day of typical hire items: hand-held or hand guided power tools and machines - concrete breakers, concrete pokers; sanders, grinders, disc cutters; hammer drills; chipping hammers; chainsaws, brush cutters, hedge trimmers; powered mowers; scabblers or needle guns  

Poorly maintained equipment -  

  • Risk Assessment approach – effective controls to eliminate or reduce HAVs  

Eliminate if possible 

Reduce exposure for technicians and Hire Desk operatives  

HSE hand arm vibration exposure calculator 

Manufacturer; supplier and trade association leaflets, equipment vibration risk classifications (High, medium, low advice stickers); advice notes - i.e HAE 2150 HAV 

 Product return from hire inspections and maintenance or disposal 

  • Provide training to employees and AIG )advice, information & guidance) to both employees and customers 
  • Health Surveillance and record management - employees 

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):  

  • supervision (with potential for development into managerial role) 
  • management and leadership

Candidate pre-requisites

This training is designed to up-skill both new  tool and equipment hire managers and existing managers who lack formal qualifications - both would, after training and practical on-job experience, benefit from assessment leading to the award of the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hire and Rental (Equipment Plant and Tools)


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they are/have: 

  • a qualified, experienced trainer 
  • be qualified Hire and Rental Management (VQ level 3) 
  • a verifiable CV 


Delivery will be in an off the job environment. 

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation. 

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes. 

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard: 

  • a blend of classroom and e-learning 

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.  

This standard is considered to be set at an Advanced level. 


Methods of assessment considered appropriate for training delivered against this standard are:

For the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the training learning outcomes

Quality assurance


Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.  

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.  

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team. 


Non-mandatory refresher every 3 years  

Approval date

March 2020 

Review cycle

Either on request or 3 years from approval date 

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Manage Safety effectively   

Be able to review existing H&S internal policies/strategies for compliance and be fully conversant with the H&S duties for employers and clients; risk assessment and legislation pertaining to HAVs; implementation of controls and Health screening if required 

Manage Risk effectively  

Be able to identify and manage business risk at local level 

Record keeping 

Describe what records must be kept to comply with current legislation and company procedures 


Describe employer duties under Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act and Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005