POA Decision – 1998/09/11-02 – Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
The Panel of Administrators has amended the policy for assessing pensions for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) to reflect current medical knowledge. The amended policy includes a new table that more finely differentiates the degree of disability among workers with HAVS. In addition, the new table accounts for the impacts of the vascular, sensorineural, and musculoskeletal elements of the condition in assessing the level of disability for workers with HAVS. The previous policy considered only the vascular element. The new policy took effect on September 11, 1998, and applies to new claims received and all active claims that are currently awaiting an initial pension adjudication.