Measuring and Managing Workplace Whole-Body Vibration Exposures
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.