Whole Body Vibration Exposures among professional Drivers

Six Degree-of-Freedom

Reducing musculoskeletal disorders in professional drivers

Exposure to whole body vibration has a strong association with various musculoskeletal disorders, especially low back pain.  Through lab- and field-based research, we investigate the effect of multi-axial vibration on vehicle operator’s general and musculoskeletal disorders. Our goal is to advance the science of whole-body vibration in a real world setting for an ultimate goal of improving health and well-being of professional drivers.  Past and current research has been funded by National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Washington State’s Safety and Health Investment Project (SHIP), and Bose Corporation.


On-going Research Projects


Relevant publications

Kia K, Fitch SM, Newsom, SA, and Kim, JH, “Effect of whole-body vibration exposures on physiological stresses: Mining heavy equipment applications”, Applied Ergonomics, vol. 85, p. 103065, 2020.

Konda RR, Ryu JC, Kim, JH, “Three-Dimensional Global Acceleration Estimation in the Presence of Rotation Using an Inertial Measurement Unit for Whole Body Vibration Studies.”, Int J Occup Saf Ergon, pp. 1-22, 2019.

Kim JH, Zigman, M, Dennerlein, JT, and Johnson, PW, “A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Truck Seat Intervention: Part 2—Associations Between Whole-Body Vibration Exposures and Health Outcomes”, Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 2018.

Johnson PW, Zigman, M, Ibbotson, J, Dennerlein, JT, and Kim, JH, “A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Truck Seat Intervention: Part 1—Assessment of Whole Body Vibration Exposures”, Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 2018.

Kim, JH, Marin, LS, and Dennerlein, JT, “Evaluation of commercially available seat suspensions to reduce whole body vibration exposures in mining heavy equipment vehicle operators.”, Appl Ergon, vol. 71, pp. 78-86, 2018.

Kim JH, Dennerlein, JT, and Johnson, PW (2018) “The effect of a multi-axis suspension on whole body vibration exposures and physical stress in the neck and low back in agricultural tractor applications”, Applied Ergonomics, vol. 68, pp. 80 - 89.

Kim JH, Zigman, M, Aulck, LS, Ibbotson, JA, Dennerlein, JT, and Johnson, PW (2016) “Whole Body Vibration Exposures and Health Status among Professional Truck Drivers: A Cross-sectional Analysis”, Annals of Occupational Hygiene, vol. 60, no. 8, pp. 936 - 948.