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
Centre Prouvé
1 Place de la République
54000 Nancy

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. 


Important dates

Call for papers 

1st September 2022

Abstract submission deadline

15th January 2023


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

Nancy guided

7th June 2023

Conference evening event

7th June 2023

Target audience

  • Scientists
  • Occupational physicians
  • Prevention officers
  • Metrologists
  • Standard setters
  • Government representatives
  • Machine manufacturers
  • OSH experts or representatives of European and national public authorities
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