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Association between vibration exposure and hand-arm vibration symptoms in a Swedish mechanical industry
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för medicinska vetenskaper. Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
Feelgood Hallsberg, Hallsberg, Sweden.
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för medicinska vetenskaper. Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-4192-8273
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2017 (Engelska)Ingår i: International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, ISSN 0169-8141, E-ISSN 1872-8219, Vol. 62, s. 77-81Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

Work with vibrating tools is common in many industries. Exposure to hand-arm vibrations is associated with a risk of hand injury in the form of: Vascular disorders, nerve malfunction, and effects on the musculoskeletal system. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of hand-arm vibration symptoms among employees at a mechanical company, as well as to follow-up with patients presenting symptoms and evaluate the effects of certain proposed measures. We found that 21% of the employees were judged to have vibration-related problems even though the exposure to vibrations was judged to be relatively low. There seems to be an over-representation of Carpal tunnel syndrome among participants; this may suggest that ergonomic conditions at the investigated company, such as grinding with flexed wrists, are unfavorable.

Relevance to industry: Regular screening for early signs of vibration-related damage, even if workers are subject to only moderate vibration exposure, is an important part of preventing the aggravation of health problems.

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Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 62, s. 77-81
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Hand-arm vibration, Hand-arm vibration syndrome, Quantitative sensory testing, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Vibration exposure
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Arbetsmedicin och miljömedicin
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-62842DOI: 10.1016/j.ergon.2017.02.010ISI: 000414879600010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85014872924OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-62842DiVA, id: diva2:1160541
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Region Örebro County 

Tillgänglig från: 2017-11-27 Skapad: 2017-11-27 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-03-04Bibliografiskt granskad

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