Swedish researcher network on vibration and health (VIBNET)
Daily a large number of people in both work and at leisure are exposed to vibration that may affect comfort, health and welbeing in a negative way. Vibration at work are therefore highlighted as a major work-related problem.
The network aims to bring together researchers in Sweden who conducts research and development projects in the area of exposure and effects of vibration at work. The current state of knowledge in different parts of the problem area, research needs, and the need for training activities and educational materials will be identified and discussed. The network approach will be national scientific meetings focusing on specific issues. The network and its activities will be presented on its own website.
The overall aim of this network is to bring together researchers and research groups in Sweden engaged in research and development projects in the area of exposure and health effects of vibration, primarily in the workplace. The network will for example discuss and compile the current state of knowledge in different parts of the problem areas of the hand-arm vibration (HAV) and whole-body vibration (WBV). Based on identified needs the network also aims to initiate research projects with all or part of new approaches and issues. Furthermore, the aim is to discuss the training needs that exist in the area and if there is a need for teaching media in the area and if so in what format (textbooks, web-courses, etc). The main focus of the Network's approach will be predominantly national scientific meetings focusing on specific issues such as mechanisms of vibration injury, exposure, survey methodology, rules, values, standards, prevention, research and training needs. The issues raised will be discussed within especially assigned working groups and reported at networking meetings. There will also be possible, when necessary to co-opt experts to the network as an example from regulatory authority, industry and occupational health. The network is expected to be of especially great benefit and support for young researchers or graduate students. This in turn means that Sweden can continue to maintain research and development with continued high quality in the area. At last, the network will produce a website with information about network activities, detailed presentation of scientists, research groups, current research projects, publications, regulations, limits, international conferences and workshops, questions and answers.