A measuring method for the vibration perception threshold (VPT) of fingers has been developed. The VPTs of 118 and 149 professional forest workers were measured during a compulsory annual health examination in 1979 and 1983, respectively. Also the VPTs of eight pedestal grinders, who were suffering vibration-induced white finger (VWF), were measured in 1979 and 1983. The control group consisted of 20 research workers who had no vibration exposure in the past and no symptoms in their hands. The measuring system for VPT gave repeatable results. The frequency of the most sensitive VPT of vibration exposed workers alternated between 63 and 125 Hz instead of 125 Hz of subjects without vibration exposure. The VPT of the pedestal grinders and forest workers with decreased hand grip force and with vibration-induced white finger were significantly higher than those of the controls. The VPTs of the forest workers decreased slightly and that of the grinders increased from 1979 to 1983. In spite of long vibration exposure in the past and continuing lower level vibration exposure, the increased VPT of forest workers does not seem to be permanent.
|Journal||International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|