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A follow-up study of welders’ exposure to vibration in a heavy engineering production workshop
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Box 414, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Physics (CMTF).
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2010 (English)In: Journal of Low Frequency Noise Vibration and Active Control, ISSN 0263-0923, Vol. 29, no 1, 33-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Manual work involving vibrating power tools is associated with symptoms that include vascular, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. This study examines the vibration exposure of welders to determine the change between 1987 and 2008. Vibration measurements on handheld tools were used to evaluate the acceleration and the daily exposure time was determined by subjective rating. From these data, the 8-hour equivalent vibration exposure A(8), has been calculated. During the period, the A(8) decreased from 3.9 m/s2 to 1.9 m/s2. It was concluded that this decrease is the result of fewer vibrating tools and a decrease in daily exposure time. Although the daily vibration exposure has decreased over the study time, for some welders the daily vibration exposure A(8) is still above the action value set by the EU directive on vibration. This means more effort should be spent to decrease vibration exposure.

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Sage Publications, 2010. Vol. 29, no 1, 33-39 p.
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Vibration, exposure, hand-arm, measurement, welders
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-39305DOI: 10.1260/0263-0923.29.1.33ISI: 000280312700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-39305DiVA: diva2:390404
Available from: 2011-01-21 Created: 2011-01-21 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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