reference : Incorporating occupational risk in heat stress vulnerability mapping

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Abstract Both obesity and strenuous outdoor work are known risk factors for heat-related illness (HRI). These risk factors may be compounded by more and longer periods of extreme heat in the southeastern U.S. To quantify occupational risk and investigate the possible predictive value of a GIS-based tool, a weighted occupation-based metabolic equivalent (MET) index was created. The correlation between current MET-weighted employment rates or obesity rates and 2012 HRI report rates in Alabama were then determined. With the current dataset, results indicate occupational and obesity rates may explain some of the geographical variation seen in HRI report rates, although results are not statistically significant with this limited dataset. Mapping occupational and physiological risk factors with HRI rates may be useful for environmental and occupational health professionals to identify “hotspots” that may require special attention.
Author Crider, Kyle G.; Maples, Elizabeth H.; Gohlke, Julia M.
Date Jul-Aug
ISSN 0022-0892
Issue 1
Journal Journal of Environmental Health
Name of Database PMC
Notes 25185323[pmid] J Environ Health
Pages 16-22
Title Incorporating occupational risk in heat stress vulnerability mapping
Volume 77
Year 2014
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