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Posting on behalf of Darren Tanke:
Fossil preparation often involves the use of airscribes to remove hard rock.
This process involves holding a percussive tool which causes vibration and
which, over time, can have negative health consequences to the hand and arm of
the user.... The condition,’Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome’ (HAVS) is commonly
known as ‘White Finger or Dead Finger’ and is well-known in heavy and light
However it does not appear to have been fully addressed as a health and safety
issue in palaeontology; specifically regarding fossil preparation.
For the upcoming Fossil Preparation & Collections Symposium in Salt Lake City,
USA, Mark Graham (Natural History Museum, London, England) and Darren Tanke
(Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Canada) plan to make a presentation on HAVS
in the fossil preparation community and we need your help to aquire data on
which to build our presentation.
We have set up an online survey of about 30 questions that deal with your
awareness of HAVS, safety mitigation practices, and if/how HAVS affects you.
We’re hoping that current and retired fossil preparators (both professional and
amateur) who’ve used an airscribe will take 5-10 minutes to answer the
questionnaire. We have tried to make it as anonymous as possible and all data
will be collectively used in the presentation, via graphs and pie charts. The
results may also be published.
Thanks in advance for your help.
The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/vibrationsyndrome
Patty Ralrick, MSc
Drumheller, AB, Canada
"Talking isn't something you can do judiciously unless you keep in practice." -
Mr. Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet) in "Maltese Falcon"