Engineering and the Environment

Henrietta Howarth

BSc, PGCE, PhD

Primary position:
Senior Research Fellow

Background

The University of Southampton

Henrietta Howarth graduated from Imperial College, University of London in 1982. She obtained a PhD at the ISVR in 1989. She has had 25 years’ research experience in the multi-disciplinary Human Factors Research Unit which is a part of the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. She leads consultancy projects in the HFRU and manages the HFRU ISO 9001 Quality Management System. She has managed EU research programmes, including FP5 projects VIBRISKS (A study of the risks of occupational vibration exposures) and VIBSEAT (Evaluation and improvement of suspension seat vibration isolation performance), and the development of a ‘Non-binding guide to good practice for implementing EU Directive 2002/44/EC on vibrations at work’ which was translated by the EC into all European languages. She has participated in collaborative research within Rail Research UK, Nissan, SNCF, Arup, Defra, and The Boeing Company. She is a member of British Standards Institution Sub-Committee GME 21/6 on human responses to mechanical vibration and shock. She provides lectures on community response to building vibration for the Human Responses to Vibration postgraduate programme for engineers and scientists at the ISVR.

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Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Greer, R., Brodowski, T., Evans, P., Malarm, D., Pollard, J., Thornely-Taylor, R., Williams, R. and Howarth, H.V.C. (2003) Association of noise consultants working group paper: round robin vibration dose value measurements on shaker table facility. Acoustics Bulletin, 28, (6), 16-22.
Howarth, Henrietta V.C. and Griffin, Michael J. (2003) Effect of roll oscillation frequency on motion sickness. Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, 74, (4), 326-331.

Book

Griffin, M.J., Howarth, H.V.C., Pitts, P.M., Fischer, S., Kaulbars, U., Donati, P.M. and Brereton, P.F. European Comission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (2008) Non-binding guide to good practice with a view to implementation of directive 2002/44/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (vibrations), European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, 112pp.
Griffin, M.J., Howarth, H.V.C., Pitts, P.M., Fischer, S., Kaulbars, U., Donati, P.M. and Brereton, P.F. Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (2006) Guide to good practice on whole-body vibration: non-binding guide to good practice for implementing Directive 2002/44/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (vibrations), Brussels, Belgium, European Commission, 65pp. (EU Good Practice Guide WBV).

Conference or Workshop Item

Howarth, H.V.C. and Griffin, M.J. (2009) Human exposure to low frequency horizontal motion in buildings and offshore structures: An assessment of guidance in BS 6611 and ISO 6897. In, Euronoise 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland, 26 - 28 Oct 2009. 7pp.
Howarth, H.V.C. and Griffin, M.J. (2008) Development of a social survey questionnaire of reactions to vibration by seated persons. In, 2nd ASA-EAA Joint Conference, Acoustics '08, Paris, France, 29 Jun - 04 Jul 2008. France, Societe Francaise d'Acoustique, 4317-4321.
Howarth, H.V.C. and Griffin, M.J. (2008) Development of a social survey questionnaire of reactions to vibration in residential buildings. In, Acoustics'08, Paris, France, 29 Jun - 04 Jul 2008. , 4317-4321.
Howarth, H.V.C. (2004) A comparison of standardised methods of evaluating rail vehicle vibration with respect to passenger discomfort. In, Proceedings: 39th United Kingdom Conference on Human Responses to Vibration, Ludlow, UK, 15-17 September 2004, Ludlow, UK, 15 - 17 Sep 2004. , 14.
Howarth, H.V.C. (2003) A laboratory study of the effect of posture on head movement during low frequency fore-and-aft oscillation. In, 38th United Kingdom Conference on Human Responses to Vibration, Institute of Naval Medicine, Gosport, UK, 17 - 19 Sep 2003. UK, , 149-159.
Howarth, H.V.C. (2002) A comparison of sickness during lateral oscillation with and without head and upper body restraint. In, 37th United Kingdom Conference on Human Responses to Vibration, Loughborough, UK, 18 - 20 Sep 2002. UK, , 238-247.
Howarth, H.V.C. (2001) A comparison of motion sickness with 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional visual scenes. At 36th UK Group Conference on Human Response to Vibration, Farnborough, UK, 12 - 14 Sep 2001. UK, , 399-409.

Monograph

Howarth, H.V.C. and Griffin, M.J. (2008) A social survey questionnaire of human responses to vibration in residential buildings. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton ( ISVR Technical Report, (323) ).
Griffin, M.J., Howarth, H.V.C., Pitts, P.M., Fischer, S., Kaulbars, U., Donati, P.M. and Bereton, P.F. (2008) Non-binding guide to good practice for implementing directive 2002/44/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (vibrations). Luxembourg, LU, European Commission, 61pp. (doi:10.2767/41117 ).
Griffin, M.J., Howarth, H.V.C., Pitts, P.M., Fischer, S., Kaulbars, U., Donati, P.M. and Bereton, P.F. Working Party “Vibration”; Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (2006) Guide to good practice on hand-arm vibration. Non-binding guide to good practice with a view to implementation of Directive 2002/44/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (vibrations). Luxembourg, European Commission, 61pp. (EU Good Practice Guide HAV, (V7.7) ).
Griffin, M.J., Howarth, H.V.C., Pitts, P.M., Fischer, S., Kaulbars, U., Donati, P.M. and Bereton, P.F. (2006) Guide to good practice on whole-body vibration. Non-binding guide to good practice with a view to implementation of Directive 2002/44/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (vibrations). Luxembourg, European Commission, 65pp. (EU Good Practice Guide WBV, (V6.7g) ).

Thesis

Howarth, Henrietta Victoria Carmel (1989) Annoyance caused by railway vibration and noise in buildings. University of Southampton, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Doctoral Thesis , 266pp.

  

 

Research

Research Interests

Henrietta Howarth’s interests include: community response to vibration in buildings, passenger comfort in railway vehicles, motion sickness, human responses to combined noise and vibration, subjective responses to shock, assessment of the transmissibility of ‘anti-vibration’ gloves.

Primary research group:  Human Sciences Group

Teaching Responsibilities

Title: Human Responses to Vibration
Module Code: ISVR6041
Programme: MSc Sound and Vibration Studies
Role: Lecturer

Contact

Dr Henrietta Howarth
Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 19/1009

Telephone: (023) 8059 4963
Facsimile: (023) 8059 2927
Email: H.Howarth@soton.ac.uk