**Vibration Dose Value (VDV)**, when assessing intermittent vibration it is necessary to use the vibration dose value (VDV), a cumulative measurement of the vibration level received over an 8-hour or 16-hour period.

Measurement is the preferred method as the vibration may vary and in many cases be intermittent

If the vibration level is 'steady' then shorter measurements of the acceleration may be used in the following formulae.

The *VDV* formulae uses the
RMS acceleration raised to the fourth power and is known as the root-mean-quad method. This technique ensures the VDV is more sensitive to the peaks in the acceleration levels.

a(t) is the frequency weighted acceleration in m/s

T is the total measurement period in seconds.

See also • equivalent acceleration level • exposure action value • exposure limit levels • maximum transient vibration value

**Estimated Vibration Dose Value (eVDV)**, it is possible to estimate the vibration dose value using an alternative formulae.

*eVDV* = k·a (rms)·t ^{0.25}

where k is nominally 1.4 for crest factors below 6 **

a (RMS) = weighted RMS
acceleration (m/s2)

t = total cumulative time (seconds) of the vibration events(s) or period(s) of vibration.

** For Crest Factors above 6, the eVDV equation may be inaccurate, and this estimate should not be used.

Related subjects • hand arm vibration • vibration at work regulations • whole body vibration

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