The 15th International Conference on Hand-Arm Vibration will be held in Nancy (France). It is organised under the patronage of the International Advisory Committee on Hand-Arm Vibration.
Dates and venue of the Conference
6-9 June 2023
1 Place de la République
In many work sectors such as building, mechanical construction, metalworking and even maintenance of green spaces, workers use vibrating machines on a daily basis, be they hand-held machines (grinders, chipping hammers, etc.) or hand-guided machines (vibratory tampers, vibrating plate compactors, etc.). Regular use of these vibrating machines is likely to cause neurological issues (sensations of numbness and tingling in the fingers and hands), vascular problems (Raynaud's syndrome) or osteoarticular disorders (in the wrist and elbow joints).
From 6 to 9 June 2023, INRS will be holding the 15th International Conference on Hand-Arm Vibration (ICHAV). It is being organised under the patronage of the International Advisory Committee on Hand-Arm Vibration. It will bring together scientists from different disciplines who will present the latest knowledge about hand-arm vibration so that there can be a better understanding and prevention of the effects on workers. This multidisciplinary conference is intended for scientists and also occupational physicians, machine manufacturers, metrologists, prevention officers, standardisation groups and government agencies.
A workshop will be devoted to hand transmitted mechanical shock (HTS) which is generated by many common machines such as staplers, nail-guns, impact wrenches, and road breakers. These shock signals contain vibration at frequencies higher than those currently included in international standards on vibration measurement. There is limited knowledge on whether or how shock and high-frequency vibration contribute to the risk to health from vibration exposure.
In this workshop we would like to introduce the issue of HTS and the work currently active within International Standards groups on shocks and high-frequency vibrations (ultravibrations). We will explore questions such as:
- Do we accept that the health effects due to exposure to shocks are the same as those from continuous vibration?
- Is ISO 8-5349 and the A(1) metric suitable for predicting the risks of health effects from HTS?
- Do we need a new metric specifically for HTS?
- What should be the upper frequency limit for measurement?
The workshop’s aim is to assess whether there is a consensus view amongst experts on the metric most suited to the evaluation of HTS.
A summary of the workshop will be published. The workshop outcomes will feed directly into the work being carried out by the International Standards’ working group on hand-arm vibration.
OPENING OF CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
1st September 2022
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DATE
15th January 2023
NOTIFICATION TO AUTHORS (ORAL OR POSTER PRESENTATION)
15th February 2023
OPENING OF REGISTRATIONS AT PREFERENTIAL RATES
5th January 2023
LIMIT OF REGISTRATIONS AT PREFERENTIAL RATES
5th May 2023
SUBMISSION DATE OF PRESENTATIONS
19th May 2023
6th - 9th June 2023
7th June 2023
7th June 2023