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Heat Exposure, Cardiovascular Stress and Work Productivity in Rice Harvesters in India : Implications for a Climate Change Future

Published on Jan 1, 2013in Industrial Health1.32
· DOI :10.2486/indhealth.2013-0006
Subhashis Sahu10
Estimated H-index: 10
(KGEC: Kalyani Government Engineering College),
Moumita Sett3
Estimated H-index: 3
(KGEC: Kalyani Government Engineering College),
Tord Kjellstrom43
Estimated H-index: 43
(Umeå University)
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Excessive workplace heat exposures create well-known risks of heat stroke, and it limits the workers' capacity to sustain physical activity. There is very limited evidence available on how these ef ...
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Published on Jan 8, 2014
Thomas Tanner22
Estimated H-index: 22
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Leo Horn-Phathanothai1
Estimated H-index: 1
Published on Dec 1, 2010in Global Health Action
Charmian M. Bennett6
Estimated H-index: 6
(ANU: Australian National University),
Andrew J. McMichael151
Estimated H-index: 151
(ANU: Australian National University)
Environmental and social changes associated with climate change are likely to have impacts on the well-being, health, and productivity of many working populations across the globe. The ramifications of climate change for working populations are not restricted to increases in heat exposure. Other significant risks to worker health (including physical hazards from extreme weather events, infectious diseases, under-nutrition, and mental stresses) may be amplified by future climate change, and these...
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...
Published on Nov 11, 2009in Global Health Action
Gerd Jendritzky20
Estimated H-index: 20
(University of Freiburg),
Birger Tinz4
Estimated H-index: 4
Background: The close relationship between human health, performance, well-being and the thermal environment is obvious. Nevertheless, most studies of climate and climate change impacts show amazing shortcomings in the assessment of the environment. Populations living in different climates have different susceptibilities, due to socio-economic reasons, and different customary behavioural adaptations. The global distribution of risks of hazardous thermal exposure has not been analysed before. Obj...
Published on Nov 11, 2009in Global Health Action
Tord Kjellstrom43
Estimated H-index: 43
(ANU: Australian National University),
Ingvar Holmér37
Estimated H-index: 37
(Lund University),
Bruno Lemke9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology)
Background: Global climate change is already increasing the average temperature and direct heat exposure in many places around the world. Objectives: To assess the potential impact on occupational health and work capacity for people exposed at work to increasing heat due to climate change. Design: A brief review of basic thermal physiology mechanisms, occupational heat exposure guidelines and heat exposure changes in selected cities. Results: In countries with very hot seasons, workers are alrea...
Published on Nov 1, 2009in Building and Environment4.82
Jing Zhao1
Estimated H-index: 1
(TJU: Tianjin University),
Neng Zhu14
Estimated H-index: 14
(TJU: Tianjin University),
Shilei Lu3
Estimated H-index: 3
(TJU: Tianjin University)
Thermal environment is one of the most important factors that have impact on workers' productivity. There are many hot and humid workshops in China, whose thermal environment characteristics are the high temperature, high humidity and little radiation intensity. Working in hot and humid environment for a long time not only can extremely do harm to human body health, but also probably induce accidents due to the fall of productivity. In this paper, human body experiment and statistics analysis wi...
Published on May 1, 2009in The Lancet59.10
Anthony Costello43
Estimated H-index: 43
(UCL: University College London),
Mustafa Abbas3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UCL: University College London)
+ 25 AuthorsMaria Kett13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UCL: University College London)
Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. Effects of climate change on health will affect most populations in the next decades and put the lives and wellbeing of billions of people at increased risk. During this century, earthメs average surface temperature rises are likely to exceed the safe threshold of 2ᄚC above preindustrial average temperature. Rises will be greater at higher latitudes, with medium-risk scenarios predicting 2ヨ3ᄚC rises by 2090 and 4ヨ5ᄚC rises in...
Published on Mar 6, 2009in Global Health Action
Tord Kjellstrom43
Estimated H-index: 43
(ANU: Australian National University)
Climate change and health has been given increasing attention during recent years, largely initiated and triggered by the insightful report by McMichael and colleagues published a decade ago (1). Until then research on, and analysis of, the impacts of climate change had focussed on environmental change and impacts on ecosystems. Further review of the health aspects (2–4) and assessment of the contribution of climate change to the global burden of disease (5) has led to a greater understanding of...
Published on Sep 1, 2008in Ergonomics2.18
Chandan K. Pradhan4
Estimated H-index: 4
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Sridhar Thakur2
Estimated H-index: 2
+ 1 AuthorsAmal Roychowdhury1
Estimated H-index: 1
The cycle rickshaw is a popular transportation device. The aim of the study was to assess workload of cycle rickshaw pullers–physiological and subjective at four different places in India. Subjects were instructed to pull a cycle rickshaw with two passengers, for 20 min. Working and recovery heart rates were recorded. The mean values of energy expenditure of pulling a cycle rickshaw varied from 23.5 ± 2.66 to 25.35 ± 1.51 kJ/min. Relative cardiac strain and cardiac cost indicated that the job is...
Graham Bates13
Estimated H-index: 13
(Curtin University),
John A. Schneider21
Estimated H-index: 21
(United Arab Emirates University)
Background The objective of the study was to investigate the physiological responses of construction workers labouring in thermally stressful environments in the UAE using Thermal Work Limit (TWL) as a method of environmental risk assessment.
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Published on Jun 28, 2019
Anton Orlov6
Estimated H-index: 6
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Jana Sillmann + 2 AuthorsKarianne de Bruin
European countries have experienced strong heat waves over the last two decades. The frequency and magnitude of such extreme weather events are expected to increase in the near future. Using an interdisciplinary approach, which combines meteorological, epidemiological and economic analyses, we assess the cost of heat-induced reductions in outdoor worker productivity in Europe caused by the heat waves in August of 2003, July of 2010, and July of 2015. We found that for the top ten most affected E...
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 Jan 1, 2019in Cities3.85
Israel Ropo Orimoloye3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Fort Hare),
Sonwabo Perez Mazinyo3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Fort Hare)
+ 2 AuthorsWerner Nel11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Fort Hare)
Abstract Urban regions have exceptional attributes that leave their dwellers and properties vulnerable to climate variability and change. Global temperatures continue to change, reaching new levels almost every year for the past two decades. This review examines the scientific evidence on the impact of climate change on urban and human health. It identifies research progress and gaps in how human society may respond to, adapt to, and prepare for the related changes. However, the causes are debat...
Ammar S.M. Moohialdin , Fiona Lamari1
Estimated H-index: 1
+ 1 AuthorsBambang Trigunarsyah11
Estimated H-index: 11
Purpose – The effect of hot and humid weather conditions (HHWCs) on workers has resulted in considerable loss in the construction industry, especially during the hottest periods due to decline in worker productivity (WP). Until the last few decades, there is very limited research on construction WP in HHWCs. Nevertheless, these studies have sparked interests on seeking for the most appropriate methods to assess the impact of HHWCs on construction workers. Design/methodology/approach – This paper...
Published on Jun 1, 2019in Atmosphere2.05
Eric C. H. Chow2
Estimated H-index: 2
,
Min Wen + 3 AuthorsWen Zhou32
Estimated H-index: 32
The destructiveness and potential hazards brought to the Pearl River Delta (PRD) by the category-3 typhoon Hato in 2017 have been studied. The results show that wind flow is one of the key parameters influenced by tropical cyclones. The observed wind at Shenzhen station changed from median southwesterly and calm northerly to strong easterly during the evolution of Hato as it approached the PRD and during landfall, respectively. The peak wind intensity at the surface level and a height of 300 m r...
Nanda Kaji Budhathoki1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
Kerstin K. Zander18
Estimated H-index: 18
Farmers worldwide have to deal with increasing climate variability and weather extremes. Most of the previous research has focused on impacts on agricultural production, but little is known about the related social and economic impacts on farmers. In this study, we investigated the social and economic impact of extreme weather events (EWE) on farmers in Nepal, and explored how they coped with and adapted to heat waves and cold spells between 2012 and 2017. To address these aims, we conducted a s...
Published on Apr 1, 2019in Environmental Research5.03
Hunter Green (UCSD: University of California, San Diego), Jennifer Bailey (UCSD: University of California, San Diego)+ 3 AuthorsTarik Benmarhnia10
Estimated H-index: 10
(UCSD: University of California, San Diego)
Abstract Heat waves and high air temperature are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. However, the majority of research conducted on this topic is focused on high income areas of the world. Although heat waves have the most severe impacts on vulnerable populations, relatively few studies have studied their impacts in low and middle income countries (LMICs). The aim of this paper is to review the existing evidence in the literature on the impact of heat on human health in LMICs. We ...
Lukman Shiji Sadiq , Zailina Hashim17
Estimated H-index: 17
+ 0 AuthorsMalina Osman
Background. Heat stress disorders may cause negative health outcome and subsequent productivity reduction especially in those who work under direct sunlight for an extended number of hours. Objective. This study assessed the impact of heat on the health and productivity among maize farmers in a hot tropical country. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 396 maize farmers, randomly selected across Gombe province, Nigeria. The wet bulb globe temperature monitor (WBGT) Model QuesTemp...
Published on Mar 25, 2019in American Journal of Industrial Medicine1.90
Jennifer Vanos (Scripps Health), Daniel J. Vecellio1
Estimated H-index: 1
(A&M: Texas A&M University),
Tord Kjellstrom43
Estimated H-index: 43
Published on Mar 16, 2019in Climate Policy4.80
Ed Day , Samuel Fankhauser32
Estimated H-index: 32
(LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science)
+ 2 AuthorsAnna Mavrogianni9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UCL: University College London)
Changes in labour productivity feed through directly to national income. An external shock, like climate change, which may substantially reduce the productivity of workers is therefore a macroeconomic concern. The biophysical impact of higher temperatures on human performance is well documented. Less well understood are the wider effects of higher temperatures on the aggregate productivity of modern, diversified economies, where economic output is produced in contexts ranging from outdoor agricu...
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