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Release: April 18, 2000

UI to host June 5-6 workshop on vibration syndrome

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The effects of human exposure to mechanical vibration will be the subject of a University of Iowa workshop June 5-6 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Formally titled "The Ergonomics of Hand-Arm and Whole-Body Vibration," the workshop is designed for persons concerned about employee safety including: safety specialists, industrial hygienists, ergonomists, and members of plant ergonomics committees, supervisors, foremen, occupational physicians and nurses, engineers, vehicle tool manufacturers and others. No previous knowledge of biomechanics of vibration is necessary.

The workshop instructors will be Donald Wasserman, biomedical engineer and former chief of occupational vibration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; and David Wilder, associate professor of biomedical engineering and occupational and environmental health, and research scientist, Iowa Spine Research Center. University of Iowa sponsors are: Iowa Spine Research Center; biomedical engineering department, College of Engineering; department of orthopaedic surgery, College of Medicine; and occupational and environmental health department, College of Public Health.

Further information or registration may be obtained by contacting Jo Dickens at, UI Center for Conferences and Institutes, 100 Oakdale Campus, W310 OH, Iowa City, IA, (319) 335-4141.