Determination of hand-transmitted vibration risk on the human.
 

 
Abstract
Objective 
The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of the proposed consideration for hand transmitted vibration measurement on the human.
 
Method
To obtain the temporary threshold shift (TTS) in the fingertip vibrotactile perception threshold, the Vibrotactile perception thresholds were measured before and after the subjects were exposed to hand-transmitted vibration from the hand-held tool. The vibration magnitude has been measured by using conventional vibration measurement on the tool and by using the proposed consideration vibration on the human simultaneously.
 
Results
The proposed hand-transmitted vibration measurement on the subject was proportional with increasing TTS. In contrast the data from conventional vibration measurement on the tool shows a relatively constant vibration level while TTS increases within a subject group.
 
Conclusion
The proposed measurement method of hand-transmitted vibration on the subject captures at least some of the effects off actors relating to the human interaction with the tool identified within Annex D of the ISO 5349-1 standard. The effectiveness of the proposed hand-transmitted vibration measurement consideration on the human for improved understanding of tool vibration exposure has been shown.
 
S. Maeda1, M.D. Taylor2,∗, L.C. Anderson3, J. McLaughlin3
 
1 Kindai University, Department of Applied Sociology, Faculty of Applied Sociology, 3-4-1, Kowakae, Higashiosaka, Osaka, 577-8502, Japan
2 Edinburgh Napier University, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, 10 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DT, UK
3 Reactec Ltd., Vantage Point, 3 Cultins Road, Edinburgh, EH11 4DF, UK
 
 
 

International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics

The journal publishes original contributions that add to our understanding of the role of humans in today's systems and the interactions thereof with various system components. The journal typically covers the following areas: industrial and occupational ergonomics, design of systems, tools and equipment, human performance measurement and modeling, human productivity, humans in technologically complex systems, and safety. The focus of the articles includes basic theoretical advances, applications, case studies, new methodologies and procedures; and empirical studies.
 
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