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Document ID (ISN)77755
CIS number 01-1804
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2276-2
Year 2002
Convention or series no. HSE Contract Research Report CRR 413/2002
Author(s) Scarlett A.J., Price J.S., Stayner R.M.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Whole-body vibration: Initial evaluation of emissions originating from modern agricultural tractors
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2002. iv, 26p. Illus. 15 ref. Price: GBP 20.00.
Abstract This study was conducted to quantify whole-body vibration (WBV) emissions levels found in five modern agricultural tractors when operated in controlled conditions (traversing ISO ride vibration test tracks). Vibration emission levels were found to increase with tractor speed and surface roughness, but were lowered as vehicle size increased. The presence of suspension systems reduced the degree of vibration increase with travel speed. Under standard test conditions, the highest single-axis vibration emission magnitude (for all the tractors tested) was within the range 0.8-1.5m/s2. However, application of the 1.4 multiplication factor (as required by ISO 2631:1997), increased this range to 1.2-2.0m/s2, in excess of the WBV exposure limit value (ELV) proposed by the EU Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive. Further investigation is required to establish linkage between the test track WBV emissions characteristics of given vehicles, and subsequent WBV emissions and driver daily WBV exposures encountered during typical agricultural operations.
Descriptors (primary) vibration measurement; whole-body vibration; agriculture; tractors; drivers
Descriptors (secondary) vibration dosimetry; United Kingdom; report; standard; ISO; exposure evaluation; vibration testing; European Communities
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Vibration
Road transportation
Agriculture