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Document ID (ISN)109811
CIS number 09-919
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Birlik G.
Title Occupational exposure to whole body vibration - Train drivers
Bibliographic information Jan. 2009, Vol.47, No.1, p.5-10. 20 ref.
Internet access http://www.jniosh.go.jp/en/indu_hel/pdf/IH_47_1_5.pdf [in English]
Abstract Whole body vibration exposure of the train drivers working for Turkish state railways was assessed with reference to ISO standard 2631-1 and European Directive 2002/44/EC(CIS 02-24). The vibration measurements were carried out in the drivers' cabins of suburban and intercity trains. Suburban train drivers usually work in a standing posture, while intercity train drivers' work seated and are exposed to longer periods of continuous vibration. Daily exposure action values suggested in European Directive were exceeded in case of intercity train drivers and their exposure falls within the health caution zone of ISO 2631-1. Intercity train drivers are therefore under the risk of having back disorders. It is proposed that the spinal column of train drivers be examined every five years and that extended work days be avoided.
Descriptors (primary) Turkey; whole-body vibration; risk factors; drivers; rail transport; work posture
Descriptors (secondary) vibration measurement; comment on standard; ISO; sitting posture; standing posture; drivers cabs; hours of work; spinal column; backache; limitation of exposure; permissible levels; exposure evaluation; medical supervision; comment on directive; European Union
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTurkey
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Work posture
Rail transportation
Vibration