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Document ID (ISN)108468
CIS number 08-937
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-247-4
Year 2008
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches R-554
Author(s) Marcotte P., Oddo R., Boutin J., Boilley R., Nélisse H., Boileau P.E., Drouin P., Sirard C., Daigle R.
Title Automobile repair industry - Characterization of the noise and vibration emitted by hand-held tools
Original title Industrie de la réparation automobile - Caractérisation du bruit et des vibrations émis par les outils portatifs [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2008. x, 97p. Illus. 16 ref. + CD-ROM. Price: CAD 10.50. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access http://www.irsst.qc.ca/files/documents/PubIRSST/R-554.pdf [in French]
Abstract Workers in the automobile and heavy vehicle repair sector are exposed to high noise levels and to the vibration of their hand-held pneumatic tools, which can cause occupational deafness and hand-arm vibration syndrome. Although the vibration and sound emissions of these tools can be determined in the laboratory, they do not represent the exposure levels in actual work situations because the processes used do not take into account the noise and vibration produced by contact of the tool with the part being worked on. The objective of this study was to develop laboratory methods for characterizing the noise and vibration of the most common tools used in the automobile repair shops and to define means of reducing them. A questionnaire was addressed to 40 automobile mechanics, working with five types of hand tools; they were also interviewed. The tools were also evaluated with respect to their noise and vibration emissions in a laboratory test bench. Findings are discussed, and various recommendations are proposed, involving the selection and maintenance of the tools, the use of hearing protectors and adopting proper work postures.
Descriptors (primary) power-driven hand tools; Quebec; vehicle repair and servicing; vibration; pneumatic tools; noise level
Descriptors (secondary) hearing protection; public OSH institutions; Canada; report; equipment testing; questionnaire survey; safe working methods; noise and vibration measurement; selection of equipment
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Noise
Road transportation
Hand and portable tools
Vibration