Whole-body vibration-related health disorders in occupational medicine - an international comparison.

Author: Johanning E1.
Affiliation: 1a Center for Family and Community Medicine , Columbia University , New York , NY , USA.
Conference/Journal: Ergonomics.
Date published: 2015 Feb 6
Other: Word Count: 156

Workers with whole-body vibration (WBV) exposure are likely to report non-specific health complaints. Health and safety providers may not recognise such occupational injuries and may be unfamiliar with appropriate exposure assessment and prevention. This is a review of clinical studies, medical evidence, differential diagnostic evaluation protocols, surveillance programmes, national and international standards, and interventions recommendations utilising PubMed and other online resources. In summary, several studies show a clear trend: with increasing duration and intensity of occupational WBV exposure, primarily musculoskeletal or neurological disorders of the spine occur. Other organ damage has also been reported. In some European Union countries, spinal injury caused by WBV is recognised as an occupational disease and may be compensable. The WBV-related injury diagnosis includes a review of the work history, exposure assessment and differential diagnostic evaluation. WBV health surveillance should assess health status of WBV-exposed workers and address preventive measures.
causation; musculoskeletal disorders; occupational health; prevention; spine; whole-body vibration
PMID: 25655650