Volume 4, Number 2 (7-2014)                   JHSW 2014, 4(2): 15-26 | Back to browse issues page

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Khavanin A, Azrah K, Mirzaei R, Mortazavi S B, Asilian H, Soleimanian A. Evaluating subway drivers’ exposure to whole body vibration based on Basic and VDV methods (with ISO 2631-1 standard). JHSW. 2014; 4 (2) :15-26
URL: http://jhsw.tums.ac.ir/article-1-5142-en.html

1- Occupational Health Department of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran
2- Department of Occupational Health Engineering, school of public health, Gonabad university of medical sciences,Gonabad , azrah.1365@gmail.com
3- Health promotion research center, zahedan university of medical sciences, Zahedan
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Introduction: Whole body vibration occurs when human is on a vibrating surface and the vibration influences parts of the body which are far from the contacted part. Up to now, various health-related problems due to whole body vibration have been reported, including back pain, sciatica, gastrointestinal problems, genital problems and hearing impairment. In the present research, vibration was measured about 2000 minutes in 23 train of 4 active lines of Tehran metro in order to determine the rate of subway drivers’ exposed to whole body vibration.
Material and Method: Vibration meter and SVAN 958 analyzer, made by Svantek company, were utilized for measuring the whole body vibration. The level of weighted r.m.s acceleration for each axis, the combination of axes, peak factor, VDV and other common exiting ratios in the standard were measured and calculated according to ISO 2631-1.
Result: Findings showed that according to Basic method drivers exposure to vibration is less than the lowest value of health guide critical region (<0.45m/s2). However, based on Vibration Dose Valuation (VDV), the exposure of 12 cases were higher than the lowest value (<8.5 m/s1.75) and only 11 cases were lower than the mentioned amount.
Conclusion: Investigation of the result obtained from Basic method and VDV method manifested different amounts of vibration exposure in a way that VDV predicts higher level of risk, compared to basic method. The results shows that some presented indicators can not presented the safe zone in human vibration evaluations.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2014/06/30 | Accepted: 2014/06/30 | Published: 2014/06/30

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