NORA Manufacturing Sector Strategic Goals
R018997 - 021H: Glove and Tool Intervention to Reduce Hand-Arm Vibration (8997a)Start Date: 9/1/2009
End Date: 9/30/2013
Principal Investigator (PI)Name: Linda Frederick
Sub-Unit: Office of Extramural Projects
Funded By: NIOSH
Primary Goal Addressed3.0
Secondary Goal AddressedNone
Attributed to Manufacturing50%
The goal of this intervention study is to reduce vibration from hand tools and help prevent resultant health effect. Various combinations of anti-vibration tools and gloves will be used to reduce vibration exposure. Despite a reduction in expsoure to hand-arm vibration over the past decaseds, HAVS remains a significant health problem. The ultimate goal is to reduce symptomatic disease among workers who use vibrating hand tools.
"This proposed intervention study to reduce significant vibratory exposures from power tools involves a team of extramural and NIOSH intramural investigators. It presumes that anti-vibration tool design coupled to certain absorbent materials, available as gloving, can in combination provide frequency specific filtering and cancellation that will likely eliminate clinical and some sub-clinical sequalae of tool-specific vibratory exposure. The proposed structured intervention, coupled to intensive laboratory assessment, advances two hypotheses:
This project is relevant to the mission of the NIOSH Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) Cross-Sector research program. This program seeks to reduce the burden of work-related MSDs through a focused program of research and prevention that protects workers from MSDs, helps management mitigate related risks and liabilities, and helps practitioners improve the efficacy of workplace interventions. The potential adverse effects of vibration to the hands of workers using vibrating hand tools, such as foresters, is well known.