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Effects of Heat Stress on Working Populations when facing Climate Change

Lundgren Kownacki, Karin LU ; Kuklane, Kalev LU ; Gao, Chuansi LU and Holmér, Ingvar LU (2013) In Industrial Health 51(1). p.3-15
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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Heat stress, Occupational health, Climate change, Developing countries
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Industrial Health
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51
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1
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National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Japan
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1880-8026
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10.2486/indhealth.2012-0089
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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<br/><br>
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<br/><br>
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<br/><br>
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<br/><br>
countries in the tropical climate zone disproportionately. Future research is needed taking an interdisciplinary approach, including social, economic, environmental and technical aspects.},
  author       = {Lundgren Kownacki, Karin and Kuklane, Kalev and Gao, Chuansi and Holmér, Ingvar},
  issn         = {1880-8026},
  keyword      = {Heat stress,Occupational health,Climate change,Developing countries},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {3--15},
  publisher    = {National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Japan},
  series       = {Industrial Health},
  title        = {Effects of Heat Stress on Working Populations when facing Climate Change},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.2486/indhealth.2012-0089},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2013},
}