The nature, origins and importance of externally-induced body vibration, and some of the reactions it produces, are outlined. Brief reference is made to self-induced vibration. The confusion in the results of the many investigations into human reaction to vibration is illustrated and briefly discussed. The International Standards Organization (ISO) proposed limits for vibration exposure are critically reviewed against this background. The immense difficulties inherent in attempting to determine human reaction are illustrated by analyzing the variables involved in a vibration test of the complex, multi-system human machine. A qualitative equation is presented, covering some of the many physical, physiological and psychological variables involved. Some ways of improving our knowledge are suggested; particularly, reference is made to UK proposals for improvements in standards of experimentation and the need for more real-life investigations.

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    • Paper given at Annual Meeting of Environmental Sciences, Los Angeles, California 26-30/5/71
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    Institute of Environmental Sciences

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    Mount Prospect, IL  United States  60056
  • Authors:
    • Allen, G
  • Publication Date: 1971-9

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 10-15
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  • Accession Number: 00019602
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 25 1973 12:00AM