Objective and subjective assessment of selected factors of the work environment of forest harvesters and forwarders

https://doi.org/10.17221/120/2014-JFSCitation:Jankovský M., Messingerová V., Ferenčík M., Allman M. (2016): Objective and subjective assessment of selected factors of the work environment of forest harvesters and forwarders. J. For. Sci., 62: 8-16.
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This article was aimed at assessment of selected factors of the work environment, which influenced the operators of harvesters and forwarders. The selection of the work environment factors was based on a thorough literature survey. From the survey exposure to whole-body vibrations, noise (equivalent and peak), microclimatic conditions and mental load were selected for detailed observations. The measurements were conducted according to international standards and assessed according to European or national legislation. Subjective assessment of the effects of the work environment was conducted through a structured interview. The exposure to whole-body vibrations was 0.5 m·s–2. The equivalent noise exposure was 78 dB, peak noise exposure was 130 dB. The average temperature inside the machine cabs was 17.9°C and average airflow velocity was 0.06 m·s–2. Mental load was high according to the Meister questionnaire, three operators considered the load inadequate, two considered it adequate. Subjective assessment showed that operators considered other factors to be light or no load
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