WEBINAR - The Assessment of Occupational Exposures to HandľArm and Whole-Body Vibration


Physical and injurious consequences have been attributed to occupational exposures to vibration. A set of upper extremity disorders known as Hand–Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) have been reported by workers occupationally exposed to handarm or hand transmitted vibration when using hand-held vibratory tools. Chronic back pain and back disorders have been reported by workers occupationally exposed to whole-body vibration during the operation of ground, air, and water vehicles. This webinar will include two sessions to specifically address these two types of exposures. Both sessions will review the existing standards referenced as the guidelines for the respective TLVs®, and will include a discussion of the frequency weightings, their basis, application, and limitations. Emphasis will be placed on defining and calculating the various health risk metrics and how to apply these metrics in a meaningful context to workers and their employers.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand and be able to describe general vibration terminology.
  • Be able to categorize sources of human body vibration.
  • Understand and be able to characterize general vibration measurements.
  • Be able to describe health effects associated with occupational exposures to HandArm and Whole-Body Vibration.
  • Understand the assumptions and limitations of the ACGIH® TLVs® on HandArm and Whole-Body Vibration.
  • Be able to describe best practices for applying the ACGIH® TLVs® on HandArm and Whole-Body Vibration.

Who Should Attend this Webinar?

Industrial Hygienists
Safety Professionals
General OHS Professionals
Environmental Engineers

Biomedical Engineers
Occupational Health Nurses
Occupational Medicine Physicians

What is an ACGIH® Webinar?

ACGIH® is dedicated to providing quality, scientific, educational events. One method of doing this is to offer distance-learning webinars. A webinar, short for Web-based seminar, is a presentation, lecture, or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements — the ability to give, receive and discuss information. Webinars are as effective as on-site presentations without the travel expense. This ACGIH® webinar is 2.0 hours in duration and consists of a live presentation given via the Internet with an audio telephone link similar to that of a conference call.

Audio Option

ACGIH® is pleased to offer webinar attendees an audio option. U.S. and Canadian attendees can connect to the audio portion of the webinar via the toll-free audio telephone link or listen to the audio portion through an audio stream directly through their computer. Other international participants can listen via the audio stream without incurring additional telephone charges.*

*Connection from outside the U.S. and Canada will be via streaming audio only.


This webinar contains 2.0 contact hours and may be eligible for ABIH CM credit. See the ABIH website (www.abih.org) for CM credit criteria. This webinar may also qualify for BCSP recertification points for Certified Safety Professionals. Participants seeking confirmation of attendance for the webinar from ACGIH® must attend the live webinar or view the archive and submit a final exam and evaluation. Certificates of Completion will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.