Occupational exposure to hazardous levels of vibration is associated with a range of adverse health outcomes including vibration white finger; carpal tunnel syndrome; musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.
In 2008, NHEWS gathered self-reported data on exposure of Australian workers to vibration, and data on the provision of control measures for vibration in the workplace.
The aims of the survey were used to describe patterns of exposure to vibration in conjunction with patters of vibration control provisions with respect to industry, occupation and other relevant demographic and employment variables.
Results of the survey are used in the report to make recommendations, where possible, for development of work health and safety and workers’ compensation policy and to provide researchers with clear and constructive directions for future research.
The analyses in the report focus on the five national priority industries: manufacturing, transport & storage; construction, agriculture, forestry and fishing and health and community services.