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Sept. 28, 2006

UI To Host Training Course On Harmful Occupational Vibration

The University of Iowa Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety will sponsor a two-day training course on the risks and problems associated with human exposure to mechanical and occupational vibration. The course, "The Ergonomics of Hand-Arm and Whole-Body Vibration," will take place Nov. 6-7 at the Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Each year, about eight million workers are exposed to occupational vibration. Hand-arm vibration has been shown to produce vibration syndrome, a painful condition of the fingers and hands that, if disregarded, can lead to gangrene and amputation.

Whole-body vibration can produce low back problems affecting the vertebrae and discs of the spine.

Participants will learn the effects of hand-arm and whole-body vibration, techniques to assess vibration on humans, techniques for controlling vibration, and methods to reduce costs associated with vibration injuries.

Faculty for the course will include Donald Wasserman, a biomedical engineer and consultant on occupational vibration. Wasserman is also the former chief of occupational vibration for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Additional faculty will include David Wilder, Ph.D., an associate professor of biomedical engineering in the UI Colleges of Engineering and Public Health. Wilder also directs the ergonomics section of the Jolt/Vibrations/Seating Laboratory of the Iowa Spine Research Center.

The course is intended for occupational health nurses, safety specialists, certified safety professionals, certified professional ergonomists, industrial hygienists, physical or occupational therapists, members of safety and ergonomics committees, union representatives, supervisors, foremen, engineers, vehicle and tool manufacturers, and others interested in preventing vibration injuries. Nursing and general continuing education units and industrial hygiene certification maintenance points are available for this course.

Registration fees are $395 per person ($350 per person with three or more attendees from the same organization) and $50 per student. The registration fee includes complete course manual designed by the course faculty; instruction; continuing education credits; and continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

For more information or to register, contact Colleen Gross-Advani at 319-335-4684 or e-mail

The program is sponsored jointly by the UI College of Public Health, Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety, WORKSAFE IOWA, Alegent Health Occupational Health Services, and Alegent Mercy Hospital.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, Writer: Krystal Loewe