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Two Way Assessments In Measuring Vibration Exposure Among Workers: A Review

Nor Kamaliana Khamis, Baba Md Deros, Faizul Rizal Ismail

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To this date, there were numerous studies that investigate the prevalence of work related musculoskeletal problems related to vibration. This review paper discuss recent studies related to subjective and objective assessment among workers around the world. The two main objectives of this review are: to examine published subjective and objective assessment related to vibration among workers and to extract and comprehend the detailed process of each assessment. Thirteen relevant studies were identified and chosen from electronic databases. “Vibration”, “musculoskeletal problem”, “worker”, and “subjective and objective measures” were the keywords search terms for this review paper. Past studies demonstrated various purposes for implementing subjective and objective assessments of vibration effects among industrial and non-industrial workers. It provides better understanding for future researchers and industrial practitioners to deal with vibration issues among workers. Many mixed methodology research that combines subjective and objective assessments among the workers have been applied in the past studies. However, extensive assessment were not covered by many researchers in dealing with vibration issues. Therefore, investigation and evaluation of the vibration exposure at the workplace is necessary because these groups of workers are frequently exposed to vibration in their daily work and thus faced higher risks of vibration related health effects.