Esposizione a vibrazioni mano-braccio nel personale di sala gessi: risk management

Translated title of the contribution: Exposure to hand-arm vibrations in orthopaedic plaster room: risk management

Marco Lembo, Alessandro Lunghi, Erica Leo, Matteo Ritrovato, Vittorio Cannatà, Carlo Capussotto, Angelo Tirabasso, Salvatore Zaffina, Vincenzo Camisa, Pietro Derrico, Mauro Martella, Enrico Marchetti

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BACKGROUND: In hospitals, the use of vibrating tools, such as oscillating saws to cut plaster, can expose the staff to hand-arm vibrations.

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess the exposure of workers to vibrations in the plaster room and then  identify the most appropriate  intervention for  prevention and protection to be implemented in order to minimize  exposure and  protect  workers' health, considering different individual hyper-susceptibility conditions.

METHODS: Four different models of plaster saws were examined for the evaluation.  Various measurements were made in normal working conditions of the operators.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: The values of acceleration and noise detected on the instruments  were  in line with those reported in the literature. The preventive measure adopted (replacing plaster saws currently used in the hospital with similar ones with lower vibration emission) was an adequate means of protection. Health surveillance activities  recorded a higher level of wellbeing, both environmentally and individually and, specifically, an increased protection level for the hyper-susceptibility conditions observed during health checks of exposed personnel  which will be monitored regularly by the Occupational Health Service.

Translated title of the contributionExposure to hand-arm vibrations in orthopaedic plaster room: risk management
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)102-111
Number of pages10
JournalMedicina del Lavoro
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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