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FREE webinar: Whole-Body Vibration Exposure in Construction: Examining Acute Effects, Guidelines, and Risk Mitigation Strategies

Date: November 20, 2018
Location: Online

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Part of the on-going Construction Series! Co-Moderated by Philip Bigelow, PhD​. ​​​In construction, exposure to whole body vibration (WBV) is common in daily working life. Whole body vibrations, which are the shakes, bumps, and jolts that are transmitted from the vehicle to an occupant, can be problematic if the exposure is excessive. This webinar will: (1) examine the acute effects of WBV, (2) investigate whether established occupational guidelines protect the worker from injurious short-term effects, and (3) offer considerations to mitigate adverse WBV effects in construction work.
In this webinar, you will learn:
  • Possible acute sensorimotor, physical, and cognitive effects of whole body vibration identified from field and laboratory-based experiments
  • Whether current whole body vibration guidelines (specifically the EU Directive) protect the worker from acute WBV effects
  • Strategies to mitigate WBV effects including seating
  • The combined effects of whole body vibration when sequentially performed with physical and mental work demands ​
Take-home messages;
  • There are physical and mental effects from short-term WBV exposure
  • Current whole-body vibration (WBV) exposure guidelines exist for long-term musculoskeletal disorders and discomfort; however, it has been speculated that short-term exposure to excessive WBV may lead to increased risk of vehicle accidents and falls during egress. Current guidelines might not protect workers from acute WBV effects.
  • WBV interventions should address both vibration reduction and potential effects of prolonged sitting. Work arrangement and scheduling strategies might offer a means to mitigate the effects of WBV and other work demands.​
Marcus Yung, PhD, CPE
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Division of General Medical Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA

Bronson Du​, MSc
Research Project Coordinator, Center of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)

​Philip Bigelow, PhD
​Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm (PDT)
Registration Fee: FREE!
CPD hours
1.0 • Health, Wellness and Safe Workplace