An iOS application for evaluating whole-body vibration within a workplace risk management process

Burgess-Limerick, R and Lynas, D. (2015) An iOS application for evaluating whole-body vibration within a workplace risk management process. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 12 7: D137-D142. doi:10.1080/15459624.2015.1009986


Author Burgess-Limerick, R
Lynas, D.
Title An iOS application for evaluating whole-body vibration within a workplace risk management process
Journal name Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1545-9624
1545-9632
Publication date 2015-01-27
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15459624.2015.1009986
Volume 12
Issue 7
Start page D137
End page D142
Total pages 6
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Workplace management of whole-body vibration exposure requires systematic collection of whole-body vibration data in conjunction with the numerous variables which influence vibration amplitudes. The cost and complexity of commercially available measurement devices is an impediment to the routine collection of such data by workplaces. An iOS application has been developed which allows an iPod Touch to be used to measure whole-body vibration exposures. The utility of the application was demonstrated by simultaneously obtaining 98 pairs of whole-body vibration measurements from both the iPod Touch application and a commercially available whole-body vibration device during the operation of a variety of vehicles and mobile plant in operation at a surface coal mine. The iOS application installed on a 5th generation iPod Touch was shown to provide a 95% confidence of +/− 0.077 m/s2 r.m.s. constant error for the vertical direction. Situations in which vibration levels lay within the ISO2631.1 health guidance caution zone were accurately identified, and the qualitatively features of the frequency spectra were reproduced. The low cost and relative simplicity of the application has potential to facilitate its use as a screening tool to identify situations in which musculoskeletal disorders may arise as a consequence of exposure to whole-body vibration.
Keyword Whole Body Vibration
Risk management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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