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Association between Heat Stress and Occupational Injury among Thai Workers: Findings of the Thai Cohort Study

Published on Jan 1, 2013in Industrial Health1.32
· DOI :10.2486/indhealth.2012-0138
Benjawan Tawatsupa9
Estimated H-index: 9
(ANU: Australian National University),
Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan15
Estimated H-index: 15
(ANU: Australian National University)
+ 3 AuthorsAdrian Sleigh34
Estimated H-index: 34
(ANU: Australian National University)
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Global warming will increase heat stress at home and at work. Few studies have addressed the health consequences in tropical low and middle income settings such as Thailand. We report on the associ ...
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Published on Jun 19, 2012in PLOS ONE2.78
Jonathan Fan3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UBC: University of British Columbia),
Christopher McLeod13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UBC: University of British Columbia),
Mieke Koehoorn8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UBC: University of British Columbia)
Objective This study examined the rates and distribution of serious work-related injuries by demographic, work and injury characteristics in British Columbia, Canada from 2002–2008, using population-based data. Methods Claims for workers with a serious injury were extracted from workers’ compensation data. Serious injuries were defined by long duration, high cost, serious medical diagnosis, or fatality. Workforce estimates were used to calculate stratum-specific rates. Rate-ratios (RR) and 95% C...
Published on Jan 1, 2012in Journal of Epidemiology3.08
Benjawan Tawatsupa9
Estimated H-index: 9
(ANU: Australian National University),
Lynette Lim30
Estimated H-index: 30
(ANU: Australian National University)
+ 2 AuthorsAdrian Sleigh34
Estimated H-index: 34
(ANU: Australian National University)
Background: We examined the relationship between self-reported occupational heat stress and incidence of self-reported doctor-diagnosed kidney disease in Thai workers.Methods: Data were derived fro ...
Published on Jan 1, 2012in Public Health1.70
Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan15
Estimated H-index: 15
(ANU: Australian National University),
Keren Stephan1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Monash University)
+ 4 AuthorsAdrian Sleigh34
Estimated H-index: 34
(ANU: Australian National University)
Background: Information is needed regarding risk factors associated with injury. In middle- and lower-income countries, injury studies have focused on road traffic injuries and less attention has been given to other types of injuries.Methods: This study is part of overarching health-risk transition research in Thailand with a large national cohort study that began in 2005 (n=87,134). Associations between potential determinants and overall injury were measured, as well as injury by location (tran...
Tord Kjellstrom43
Estimated H-index: 43
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Jennifer Crowe9
Estimated H-index: 9
Climate change is increasing heat exposure in places such as Central America, a tropical region with generally hot/humid conditions. Working people are at particular risk of heat stress because of the intrabody heat production caused by physical labor. This article aims to describe the risks of occupational heat exposure on health and productivity in Central America, and to make tentative estimates of the impact of ongoing climate change on these risks. A review of relevant literature and estima...
Published on Dec 1, 2010in Global Health Action
Angela Mathee21
Estimated H-index: 21
(South African Medical Research Council),
Joy Oba1
Estimated H-index: 1
(South African Medical Research Council),
Andre Rose1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of the Witwatersrand)
Background: It is now widely accepted that climate change is occurring as a result of the accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. With the prospect of a warmer world, increased attention is being devoted to the implications for worker well-being and work performance. Objectives: The ‘high occupational temperature health and productivity suppression’ (HOTHAPS) programme is a multi-centre health research and prevention programme aimed at characterising and quantifying the extent ...
Published on Dec 1, 2010in Global Health Action
Olivia M. Hyatt3
Estimated H-index: 3
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Bruno Lemke9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology),
Tord Kjellstrom43
Estimated H-index: 43
(ANU: Australian National University)
Background: An important feature of climate change is increasing human heat exposure in workplaces without cooling systems in tropical and subtropical countries. Detailed gridded heat exposure maps will provide essential information for public health authorities. Objectives: To develop and test methods for calculating occupational heat exposures and present results in easily interpreted maps. Design: Published formulas for a common occupational heat exposure index, the WBGT (Wet Bulb Globe Tempe...
Published on Dec 1, 2010in Global Health Action
Benjawan Tawatsupa9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Thailand Ministry of Public Health),
Lynette Lim30
Estimated H-index: 30
(ANU: Australian National University)
+ 2 AuthorsAdrian Sleigh34
Estimated H-index: 34
(ANU: Australian National University)
Background: Occupational heat stress is a well-known problem, particularly in tropical countries, affecting workers, health and well-being. There are very few recent studies that have reported on the effect of heat stress on mental health, or overall health in workers, although socioeconomic development and rapid urbanization in tropical developing countries like Thailand create working conditions in which heat stress is likely. Objective: This study is aimed at identifying the relationship betw...
Karen Stephan11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Monash University),
Roderick John McClure36
Estimated H-index: 36
(Monash University)
+ 4 AuthorsAdrian Sleigh34
Estimated H-index: 34
(ANU: Australian National University)
Countries need epidemiological information about population injury statistics to devise preventive strategies. To generate such information we estimated the one-year incidence and distribution of injury in a group of 87,134 adult Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University distance-learning students residing throughout Thailand. Those who participated joined the study by filling out a baseline questionnaire in 2005 which included a one-year recall of injuries serious enough to interfere with daily ac...
Published on Nov 30, 2009in Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health1.48
Tord Kjellstrom43
Estimated H-index: 43
(ANU: Australian National University),
R. Sari Kovats21
Estimated H-index: 21
(Lond: University of London)
+ 2 AuthorsRichard S.J. Tol85
Estimated H-index: 85
(Economic and Social Research Institute)
Global climate change will increase outdoor and indoor heat loads, and may impair health and productivity for millions of working people. This study applies physiological evidence about effects of heat, climate guidelines for safe work environments, climate modelling and global distributions of working populations, to estimate the impact of two climate scenarios on future labour productivity. In most regions, climate change will decrease labour productivity, under the simple assumption of no spe...
Published on Nov 11, 2009in Global Health Action
Tord Kjellstrom43
Estimated H-index: 43
(ANU: Australian National University),
Sabine Gabrysch23
Estimated H-index: 23
(Heidelberg University)
+ 1 AuthorsKeith Dear36
Estimated H-index: 36
(ANU: Australian National University)
The ‘high occupational temperature health and productivity suppression’ programme (Hothaps) is a multicentre health research and prevention programme aimed at quantifying the extent to which working people are affected by, or adapt to, heat exposure while working, and how global heating during climate change may increase such effects. The programme will produce essential new evidence for local, national and global assessment of negative impacts of climate change that have largely been overlooked...
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Published on Jun 1, 2019in Science of The Total Environment5.59
Blesson M. Varghese2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Adelaide),
Adrian G. Barnett51
Estimated H-index: 51
(QUT: Queensland University of Technology)
+ 7 AuthorsDino Pisaniello22
Estimated H-index: 22
(University of Adelaide)
Background The thermal working environment can have direct and in-direct effects on health and safety. Ambient temperatures have been associated with an increased risk of occupational injuries but it is unknown how the relationship can vary by weather, location and climate. Objectives To examine the relationship between ambient temperatures and work-related injury and illness compensation claims in three Australian cities: Melbourne and Perth (temperate climate) and Brisbane (subtropical climate...
Published on Sep 13, 2019in Current Environmental Health Reports
June T. Spector13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UW: University of Washington),
Yuta J. Masuda6
Estimated H-index: 6
(TNC: The Nature Conservancy)
+ 2 AuthorsNoah S. Seixas32
Estimated H-index: 32
(UW: University of Washington)
Purpose of Review The burden of heat-related adverse occupational health effects, as well as traumatic injuries, is already substantial. Projected increases in mean temperatures and extreme events may increase the risk of adverse heat health effects and enhance disparities among exposed workers. This article reviews the emerging literature on the relationship between heat exposure and occupational traumatic injuries and discusses implications of this work.
Published on 2019in International Journal of Biometeorology2.38
Victor Fannam Nunfam1
Estimated H-index: 1
(ECU: Edith Cowan University),
Kwadwo Adusei-Asante2
Estimated H-index: 2
(ECU: Edith Cowan University)
+ 3 AuthorsKwasi Frimpong3
Estimated H-index: 3
(ECU: Edith Cowan University)
Adverse effects of occupational heat stress in the context of the changing climate on working populations are subtle but considerably harmful. However, social dimensions and impacts of climate change–related occupational heat concerns on workers’ safety and health, productivity and well-being are often overlooked or relegated as minor issues in social impact analyses of occupational heat exposure due to climate change. This paper offers a conceptual framework based on an appraisal and synthesis ...
Published on Jul 1, 2019in Accident Analysis & Prevention3.06
Liz de Rome11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Deakin University)
Abstract Motorcycle protective clothing (PPE) effectively reduces the risk of injury in crashes, however in hot conditions many motorcyclists ride unprotected. Recent work found available motorcycle PPE to be thermally inefficient in hot weather with potential to cause significant thermal strain under average Australian summer conditions. The current study investigated the potential for the cognitive and psychophysical concomitants of thermal strain to compromise reaction times, mood and fatigue...
Published on Jun 14, 2019in Safety
Mary Moore1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
Terence A. Moriarty1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 4 AuthorsMicah Zuhl7
Estimated H-index: 7
Wildland firefighting requires repetitive (e.g., consecutive work shifts) physical work in dangerous conditions (e.g., heat and pollution). Workers commonly enter these environments in a nonacclimated state, leading to fatigue and heightened injury risk. Strategies to improve tolerance to these stressors are lacking. Purpose: To determine if glutamine ingestion prior to and after consecutive days of firefighting simulations in the heat attenuates subjective ratings of fatigue, and evaluate if re...
R. E. Rabeiy (Assiut University)
This study investigates indoor heat stress among employees engaged in bakeries in Assiut city. Heat stress is one of the occupational hazards especially in arid climates that impose negative impacts on workers such as heat rashes, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat fainting or heat stroke. In this research, 100 subjects were chosen randomly from 20 bakery stations to testify heat stress impacts. Heat stress levels were measured using wet-bulb globe temperature index (WBGT) to evaluate the impact...
Published on May 1, 2019in Science of The Total Environment5.59
Rui Ma2
Estimated H-index: 2
(SYSU: Sun Yat-sen University),
Shuang Zhong6
Estimated H-index: 6
(SYSU: Sun Yat-sen University)
+ 8 AuthorsChuandong Fu1
Estimated H-index: 1
Abstract Background Climate change has exacerbated the health effects of high ambient temperatures on occupational health and safety; however, to what extent heat stress can induce workplace injuries and economic costs is poorly studied. This study aimed to quantify the attributable fractions of injury claims and subsequent insurance payouts using data from work-related injury insurance system in Guangzhou, China. Methods Individual workers' injury claims data were collected for the period of 20...
Published on May 1, 2019in Ecological Economics4.28
Kerstin K. Zander18
Estimated H-index: 18
(CDU: Charles Darwin University),
Supriya Mathew4
Estimated H-index: 4
(CDU: Charles Darwin University),
Supriya Mathew1
Estimated H-index: 1
(CDU: Charles Darwin University)
Abstract Higher temperatures linked to climate change lead to people feeling increasingly heat stressed compromising their health and reducing economic activity. In this paper we assess the potential economic impact of heat stress on working people in urban Malaysia by analysing the loss in productivity that they associate with heat stress. We found that nearly every respondent (99%) from a sample of 514 drawn from an online survey sometimes feels heat stressed and also less productive as a resu...
Published on May 1, 2019in Global Environmental Change-human and Policy Dimensions10.43
Yuta J. Masuda6
Estimated H-index: 6
(TNC: The Nature Conservancy),
Brianna Castro2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Harvard University)
+ 6 AuthorsJune T. Spector13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UW: University of Washington)
Abstract Climate change and land use change are increasing average and extreme temperatures. Hotter temperatures can detrimentally affect workers’ health and their economic productivity and livelihoods, especially in rural areas in industrializing countries that may be more vulnerable and less resilient. A growing literature has examined these factors at large spatial scales, yet few studies have done so at finer scales. Micro-level data from developing regions is needed to understand the extent...
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