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Whole-Body Vibration Exposure Onboard Coast Guard Small Boats (AIHce EXP 2021 OnDemand)

Course Description:
Recorded at AIHce EXP 2021

The focus of this study was to determine whole-body vibration (WBV) exposure levels onboard Coast Guard small boats with emphasis on reducing acute/chronic injuries and illnesses. Four objectives were completed: 1) perform vibration measurements to determine crew WBV exposure levels; 2) determine the minimum and worst-case daily exposure duration and vibration magnitude; 3) interpret exposure results relative to known standards and acute/chronic health effects; and 4) provide feedback and mitigation recommendations to the Coast Guard. The WBV exposure results were evaluated utilizing methods in the ISO 2631-1 standard. Coast Guard small boat personnel are likely exceeding the action level anytime they operate a small boat and may also exceed the exposure limit.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the session, the participant will be able to:

  • Complete vibration measurements.
  • Identify health effects associated with WBV exposure.
  • Describe the frequency range which results in health effects.
  • Outline the natural frequencies of specific body parts.
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Ryan Butler, CIH, CSP