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Exposure monitoring system for day-long vibration and palm force measurements.

Authors
Peterson-DR; Brammer-AJ; Cherniack-MG
Source
Int J Ind Ergon 2008 Sep-Oct; 38(9-10):676-686
NIOSHTIC No.
20038490
Abstract
A small, highly portable data-logging system, including a palm-mounted adapter containing an accelerometer and a force sensor, was developed to record user-specific tool-operating times, hand-transmitted vibration, and palm forces throughout all, or a representative part, of an 8-h workday. The microprocessor-based device has proved to be cost-effective, robust, and flexible and can be applied across a wide range of occupations and occupational settings involving exposures to vibration. Relevance to Industry: When considering past research, there still remains a clear need for a methodology that accurately measures day-long vibration exposures over the course of the entire working day regardless of work cycle times and work patterns. The Vibration Exposure Monitor (VEM) system enables hand-arm vibrations to be more accurately characterized and so can assist in modeling exposure-response relationships in vibration-intensive work environments.
Keywords
Vibration; Vibration-exposure; Vibration-effects; Hand-tools; Hand-injuries; Exposure-assessment; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Neuromuscular-system-disorders; Neurological-diseases; Dosimetry; Dose-response; Sensory-disorders; Author Keywords: Exposure assessment; Exposure measurement; Data logging; Vibration exposure; Grip force exertion; Grip force measurement
Contact
D.R. Peterson, Biodynamics Laboratory, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 06030-2017 USA
Publication Date
20080901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
peterson@uchc.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U01-OH-007312
Issue of Publication
9-10
ISSN
0169-8141
Source Name
International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
State
CT
Performing Organization
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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