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Through continued collaboration and the sharing of ideas, data, and results, the international community of researchers and practitioners has developed an understanding of many facets of the human response to vibration. At a time when the EU is preparing to adopt a directive on health risks arising from occupational exposure to vibration, Human Response to Vibration offers authoritative guidance on this complex subject. Individual chapters in the book examine issues relating to whole-body vibration, hand-arm vibration, and motion sickness. Vibration measurements and standards are also addressed. This book meets the needs of those requiring knowledge of human response to vibration in order to make practical improvements to the physical working environment. Written with the consultant, practitioner, researcher, and student in mind, the text is designed to be an educational tool, a reference, and a stimulus for new ideas for the next generation of specialists.
INTRODUCTION TO VIBRATION Human Response to Vibration in Context Introduction to Wave Theory Classification of Vibration Vibration Axes WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION Introduction Whole-body Vibration Perception Whole-body Vibration Comfort and Discomfort Health Effects of Whole-body Vibration Seating Dynamics Biomechanical Responses to Whole-body Vibration MOTION SICKNESS Introduction Signs and Symptoms of Motion Sickness The Cause of Motion Sickness Travel Sickness Simulator Sickness Relative Sensitivity to Simulated Motion of Different Frequencies Habituation to Motion Sickness Prevention of Motion Sickness HAND-TRANSMITTED VIBRATION Introduction Hand-transmitted Vibration Perception Health Effects of Hand-transmitted Vibration Classification and Diagnosis of Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome Reducing Risks from Hand-transmitted Vibration VIBRATION MEASUREMENT Introduction Measurement Flow Human Vibration Meters Data Acquisition Systems Accelerometers Signal Conditioning Calibration of Human Vibration Measurement Systems Signal Processing Successful Vibration Measurement Case Study 1 Case Study 2 WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION STANDARDS Introduction Standardisation Bodies Legal Position of Standards Standards for Whole-body Vibration Measurement and Assessment Standards for Determining Vibration Exposures in Specific Vehicles Standards for Determination of Whole-body Vibration Emission Values for Mobile Machinery Standards for Testing Vehicle Seats in the Laboratory HAND-TRANSMITTED VIBRATION STANDARDS Introduction Standards for Hand-transmitted Vibration Measurement and Assessment Standards for Determining the Vibration Emission Value of Tools and Hand-guided Machines Standards for Testing the Dynamic Performance of Anti-vibration Gloves EUROPEAN DIRECTIVES Introduction Development of European Directives Legal Position of European Directives The 'Machinery Safety Directive': Directive 98/37/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Approximation of the Laws of the Member States Relating to Machinery The 'Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive': Directive 2002/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Minimum Health and Safety Requirements Regarding the Exposure of Workers to the Risks Arising form Physical Agents (Vibration) The 'Physical Agents (Noise) Directive': Directive 2003/10/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Minimum Health and Safety Requirements Regarding the Exposure of Workers to the Risks Arising form Physical Agents (Noise) References Index
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