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dc.contributor.authorHoz Torres, María Luisa de la
dc.contributor.authorAguilar Aguilera, Antonio Jesús
dc.contributor.authorMartínez Aires, María Dolores
dc.contributor.authorRuiz Padillo, Diego Pablo
dc.identifier.citationHoz Torres, M. L., Aguilar Aguilera, A. J., Martínez Aires, M. D. y Ruiz Padillo, D. P. (2021). A methodology for assessment of long-term exposure to whole-body vibrations in vehicle drivers to propose preventive safety measures. Journal of Safety Research, 78, 47-58.
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: The appearance of musculoskeletal disorders (MDs) in professional drivers due to exposition to whole-body vibration (WBV) makes it relevant to assess this exposure. The European Directive 2002/44/EC has two methods to evaluate exposure to WBV (defined in ISO2631-1:2008). These methods evaluate the exposure associated with an 8-hour working day; however, MDs due to WBV could also be caused by accumulated exposure to vibrations over long term, and hence, the methods defined in the European directive may be limited in their ability to ensure the safety of workers exposed to WBV throughout their years of employment. Method: A detailed comparison and discussion of methods defined in the European Directive and the ISO2631-5:2018 was used as a starting point of the main results of this paper. On this basis, a new methodology for the management and organization of preventive measures is proposed to consider the assessment of ISO2631-5:2018 standard and the full working life of workers. Experimental data to assess exposure to WBV in heavy equipment vehicle (HEV) drivers under different road surface conditions and range of velocities were considered to illustrate the process of the proposed methodology. Results: The methods defined in the standards provide different assessments leading to a different possible consideration of safe operations when the risks associated with them may actually be high. The proposed methodology can be used with the aim of ensuring safety of workers throughout their working lives and providing an easy implementation of the calculations of ISO2631-5:2018 standard. Conclusions: A procedure to assess the health risk probability to which the HEV worker is exposed in terms of the exposure years and a different range of operational vehicle speeds is proposed and exemplified with a study case. Practical applications: This study provides a practical tool for the management of WBV exposure related to work-tasks in HEV drivers. Safety managers should consider the global exposition to WBV throughout their working life, and this research provides an easy tool to accomplish it. © 2021es
dc.publisherElsevier Ltdes
dc.titleA methodology for assessment of long-term exposure to whole-body vibrations in vehicle drivers to propose preventive safety measureses
dc.journal.titleJournal of Safety Researches
dc.subject.keywordConductor vehículoes
dc.subject.keywordPrevención de riesgos laboraleses
dc.subject.keywordTrastornos musculoesqueléticoses
dc.subject.keywordEvaluación de riesgos laboraleses
dc.subject.keywordAnálisis de puesto de trabajoes
dc.subject.keywordEnfermedades profesionaleses
dc.subject.unesco6109.01 Prevención de Accidenteses
dc.subject.unesco3317.02 Automóvileses
dc.subject.unesco2201.11 Vibracioneses
dc.subject.unesco5311.04 Organización de Recursos Humanoses
dc.subject.unesco5311.07 Investigación Operativaes
dc.subject.unesco3204.02 Enfermedades Profesionaleses

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