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Document ID (ISN)111798
CIS number 11-0473
Year 2008
Convention or series no. RR 667
Author(s) Poole K., Mason H.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Upper limb disability and exposure to hand-arm vibration in selected industries
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2008. ii, 45p. Illus. 26 ref.
Internet access RR_667.pdf [in English]
Abstract There is a need for evidence-based intelligence related to ill-health caused by exposure to vibration that could be used to benchmark the extent of disease and allow assessment of changes over time. This ideally requires simple, validated and cheap tools that can be administered easily across all industries. The Disability of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire is one instrument that may be useful. The emphasis of HSE's Noise and Vibration Programme in the United Kingdom has been on the health outcome of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), which is by definition causally associated with cumulative hand-transmitted vibration exposure. However, individuals with HAVS may also have other musculoskeletal disorders, which may or may not be a consequence of vibration exposure, but that will contribute to their overall disability. The study reported here involved the application of the DASH questionnaire to a population working with hand-held vibrating tools, while collecting simple information related to industry, trade, tools used, vibration exposure, known health problems and symptoms in the upper limbs, in four sectors of activity, namely gardening, manufacture of basic metals, construction, and motor vehicle repair.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; hand-arm vibration; vibration disease; musculoskeletal diseases; job-exposure relation; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) vibrating tools; public OSH institutions; research; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Vibration
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system