Measuring and managing workplace whole-body vibration exposures

Burgess-Limerick, Robin (2016) Measuring and managing workplace whole-body vibration exposures. Acoustics Australia, 44 1: 129-135. doi:10.1007/s40857-015-0032-5


Author Burgess-Limerick, Robin
Title Measuring and managing workplace whole-body vibration exposures
Journal name Acoustics Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0814-6039
1839-2571
Publication date 2016-04-28
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s40857-015-0032-5
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 44
Issue 1
Start page 129
End page 135
Total pages 7
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract An overview of recent research in the area of whole-body vibration measurement and management is provided. Prolonged exposure to high amplitude whole-body vibration is associated with a range of adverse health effects, particularly back pain. Operators of a range of workplace plant and equipment are exposed to the hazard. ISO2631.1 describes frequency weightings to be applied to accelerometer data and describes measures for describing vibration amplitude. An iOS application is available which may facilitate routine measurement of whole-body vibration at workplaces as a means of identifying and evaluating opportunities to reduce vibration amplitudes. Modifiable factors associated with occupational whole-body vibration exposure include the environment in which equipment is operated including roadway design and maintenance; the tasks performed using the equipment; the design of equipment including suspension and seat; equipment condition including maintenance of suspension and seating; and operator behaviour, especially speed of travel for many vehicles.
Keyword Whole-body vibration
Mobile plant
Earth-moving equipment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 16 May 2016, 19:18:56 EST by Dr Robin Burgess-limerick on behalf of Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre