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, whether 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 (sensations of numbness and tingling in the fingers and hands), vascular (Raynaud's syndrome) or osteoarticular (disorders of the wrist and elbow joints) pathologies.
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.
Call for papers
1st September 2022
Abstract submission deadline
15th January 2023
NOTIFICATION TO AUTHORS (ORAL OR POSTER PRESENTATION)
15th February 2023
Opening of early bird registration
5th January 2023
Early bird registration deadline
5th May 2023
Deadline for submission of presentations
19th May 2023
6th - 9th June 2023
7th June 2023
Conference evening event
7th June 2023
It is a three and a half day conference including a workshop on the last day. It is divided into several successive sessions (no parallel session) for oral presentations. There will also be a poster exhibition. Speakers will give an oral presentation about the theme of their poster. The official languages of the conference are English and French. Simultaneous translation will be provided during the oral presentations and the round table.
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