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Select and Develop Vibration Isolation Devices to Prevent Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.

Objective

  • The goal of this program project is to reduce injuries and disorders associated  with excessive exposure to hand-transmitted vibration.  The specific aims are to assess the effectiveness of the existing vibration isolation devices and develop more effective anti-vibration methods and devices.
Man wearing work gloves

Applicable Standards

  • ANSI S3.40
  • ISO 10819
  • ISO 10068
  • ISO 13753

Key Partners

  • None

Stakeholders

  • Workers Using Powered Tools in Construction, Mining, & Manufacturing
  • Transportation workers; Agriculture and Forestry workers
  • Industrial Hygienists; Medical Doctors
  • Tool Developers and Manufacturers
  • CPWR
  • OSHA
  • DOD
  • ANSI
  • ISO

Project Scope


  • Understand the effectiveness of the existing vibration isolation devices such as anti-vibration gloves
  • Examine test methods, especially those recommended in ISO and ANSI standards, and improve them if necessary
  • Develop better anti-vibration methods and devices
  • Develop guidelines for appropriately selecting and using devices and methods

Milestones

  • 2003: Developed methods for improved ISO 10819 and ANSI S3.40
  • 2004: Developed a method for predicting the effectiveness of anti-vibration gloves when used with specific tools
  • 2005: Developed a biodynamic method for a better assessment
  • 2006: Developed a novel hand-arm system model for designing better anti-vibration devices

Outputs

  • 9 Journal articles (directly related to studies on anti-vibration devices)
  • 7 Conference presentations (directly related to studies on anti-vibration devices)

Outcomes

  • Improved standards on the anti-vibration devices
  • Guideline for the selection and use of the devices
  • More effective tool-specific anti-vibration devices
  • Reduce injuries and disorders associated with excessive HTV exposure
Page last modified: August 17, 2007
Page last reviewed: August 17, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)