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An accurate method for measuring the exposure duration of hand-transmitted vibration.

Dong RG; Bader J; Welcome D; Rakheja S; Schopper AW
Proceedings of the 36th UK Group Conference on Human Response to Vibration, 12-14 September, 2001, Farnborough, England. LN Cox, CI Arrowsmith, SR Holmes, eds. Farnborough, England: Centre for Human Sciences, 2001 Sep; :416-424
Daily vibration exposure duration of a worker is an essential factor that determines the vibration 'dose' input to a worker's hands for risk assessment of hand-arm vibration syndrome. Accurate measurement of pattern and duration of vibration exposure is essential for more reliable assessment of exposure on the basis of the dose-response relationships. The study describes the design and performance of a compact measurement system comprised of hand- or wrist- mounted accelerometers and a commercially available data logger. The proposed measurement system is assessed through a series of measurements performed in the laboratory and the field. Preliminary test results suggest that the proposed measurement can provide an effective measure of the vibration dosage, duration and pattern of vibration exposure. The experience gained from the study also provided important guidelines for developing a more reliable and convenient measurement device for applications involving field assessments of hand-transmitted vibration.
Exposure levels; Vibration exposure; Laboratory testing; Risk analysis; Vibration control; Vibration effects; Vibration monitors; Exposure assessment; Workers; Dose response
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Cox LN; Arrowsmith CI; Holmes SR
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Proceedings of the 36th UK Group Conference on Human Response to Vibration, September 12-14, 2001, Farnborough, England
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