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VDI 2057 BLATT 1

Human exposure to mechanical vibrations - Whole-body vibration

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Organization: VDI
Publication Date: 1 September 2002
Status: inactive
Page Count: 39
ICS Code (Vibration and shock with respect to human beings): 13.160
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Purpose and application

The purpose of the present guideline is to provide a uniform procedure for assessing the effect on the human being of mechanical whole-body vibration and also to give general instructions on determining the assessment variables (see also the note to Section 1.1). On the basis of the physical data of vibration measurements and taking different frequency-dependent effects into consideration, the root-meansquare value aw of the frequency-weighted acceleration aw(t) is formed as a variable characterizing vibration exposure (see Section 3.9). When the exposure duration T is included it becomes possible to estimate restrictions on well-being, performance and the risk of health damage. A knowledge of aw in conjunction with the exposure duration T is thus a necessary condition of formulating measures to avoid or limit the impairments mentioned.

This guideline will not provide any limit values for the acceptability or admissibility of vibration exposures. However, Section 6 does include a number of guideline values and some information for assessing particular exposures with respect to the expected effects on the individual. The procedure which is described in this guideline is applicable to any kind of translational or rotational vibration. But it is not suitable for use in evaluating individual impacts of great amplitude, such as occur in vehicle accidents, for example. The frequency range extends from 0.5 Hz to 80 Hz for impairment of the sense of well-being, of performance and of health, and from 0.1 Hz to 0.5 Hz for impairment via kinetosis.

Mechanical vibration can input its effects via the feet of a standing person, or via the buttocks, back and feet of a sitting person, or the contact area of the person lying down.

The procedure can be used even for cases of alternating or unknown body postures (handarm vibration exposure whereby effects drive via the hands are dealt with in VDI 2057 Part 2).

Note: Currently little knowledge is available about the effects on the human being of exposure to rotational vibrations. For this reason this guideline will not initially provide any further information on assessing such vibrations. Information in this regard may be found in Section 8.2 of the international standard ISO 2631-1 : 1997.

Document History

Human exposure to mechanical vibrations - Whole-body vibration - Corrigendum concerning standard VDI 2057 Part 1:2017-08
A description is not available for this item.
August 1, 2017
Human exposure to mechanical vibrations - Whole-body vibration
General Mechanical vibrations can be caused by a wide variety of processes and operations in industry, in trade, in handicrafts, in agriculture and forestry, as well as in traffic and...
March 1, 2017
Human exposure to mechanical vibration - Whole-body vibration at workplaces in buildings
This standard is concerned with uniform measurement, interpretation and evaluation of the vibration exposure of employees in workplaces in buildings in which vibration transfers to the individual via...
March 1, 2016
Human exposure to mechanical vibrations - Hand-arm vibration
This standard contains a compilation of general information regarding • the effect of vibrations on the hand-arm system • determination of the exposure to hand-arm vibrations (including prevention)...
December 1, 2015
Human exposure to mechanical vibrations - Whole-body vibration
A description is not available for this item.
May 1, 2012
Human exposure to mechanical vibrations - Hand-arm vibration
The aim of this guideline is to provide general instructions on determining the exposure resulting from hand-arm vibration and to supply a standardized procedure for assessing this vibration...
February 1, 2012
Human exposure to mechanical vibration - Whole-body vibration at workplaces in buildings
This guideline is concerned with uniform measurement, interpretation and evaluation of the vibration exposure of employees in workplaces in buildings in which vibration transfers to the individual...
VDI 2057 BLATT 1
September 1, 2002
Human exposure to mechanical vibrations - Whole-body vibration
Purpose and application The purpose of the present guideline is to provide a uniform procedure for assessing the effect on the human being of mechanical whole-body vibration and also to give general...

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