Occupational Heat Stress Contribution to WHO project on "Global assessment of the health impacts of climate change", which started in 2009.

Published on Jan 1, 2014
Tord Kjellstrom3
Estimated H-index: 3
Bruno Lemke9
Estimated H-index: 9
+ 2 AuthorsKeith Dear34
Estimated H-index: 34
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Summary Background Occupational heat strain (ie, the effect of environmental heat stress on the body) directly threatens workers' ability to live healthy and productive lives. We estimated the effects of occupational heat strain on workers' health and productivity outcomes. Methods Following PRISMA guidelines for this systematic review and meta-analysis, we searched PubMed and Embase from database inception to Feb 5, 2018, for relevant studies in any labour environment and at any level of occupa...
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Researchers often access weather station data from multiple sources to identify and estimate current and future heat exposures. Many resources are freely available; however, numerous steps are often involved to convert raw data to meaningful values for evaluation, research and publication. Global weather data collected and re-distributed by NOAA, “Surface data, Global Summary of the Day” (GSOD 2012) was chosen as the primary source for the analysis and presentation software described here. No at...