reference : Effects of heat stress on working populations when facing climate change

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Abstract It is accepted that the earth's climate is changing in an accelerating pace, with already documented implications for human health and the environment. This literature review provides an overview of existing research findings about the effects of heat stress on the working population in relation to climate change. In the light of climate change adaptation, the purpose of the literature review was to explore recent and previous research into the impacts of heat stress on humans in an occupational setting. Heat stress in the workplace has been researched extensively in the past however, in the contemporary context of climate change, information is lacking on its extent and implications. The main factors found to exacerbate heat stress in the current and future workplace are the urban 'heat island effect', physical work, individual differences, and the developing country context where technological fixes are often not applicable. There is also a lack of information on the effects on vulnerable groups such as elderly people and pregnant women. As increasing temperatures reduce work productivity, world economic productivity could be condensed, affecting developing countries in the tropical climate zone disproportionately. Future research is needed taking an interdisciplinary approach, including social, economic, environmental and technical aspects.
Author Lundgren, K.; Kuklane, K.; Gao, C.; Holmer, I.
DOI 10.2486/indhealth.2012-0089
Date Jan
ISSN 1880-8026
Issue 1
Journal Industrial Health
Keywords Heat stress; Occupational health; Climate change; Developing countries; thermal-stress; health; performance; environments; temperature; hot; productivity; exposure; moderate; workers
Language English
Notes Times Cited: 1 Lundgren, Karin Kuklane, Kalev Gao, Chuansi Holmer, Ingvar Natl inst occupational safety & health, japan Kawasaki kanagawa
Pages 3-15
Title Effects of heat stress on working populations when facing climate change
URL <Go to ISI>://WOS:000314383700002
Volume 51
Year 2013
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