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RR321 - Whole-body vibration on agricultural vehicles: evaluation of emission and estimated exposure levels

A study was conducted to quantify whole-body vibration (WBV) emission and estimated exposure levels found upon a range of modern, state-of-the-art agricultural vehicles (tractors, self-propelled sprayers and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)), when operated in controlled conditions (traversing ISO ride vibration test tracks & performing a range of agricultural operations) and whilst under normal 'on-farm' use. The potential consequences of WBV operator exposure level limitations, prescribed by the European Physical Agents (Vibration) Directive:2002 (PA(V)D), upon agricultural vehicle usage patterns in the UK were also considered.

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Updated 2009-05-05