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Climate change, workplace heat exposure, and occupational health and productivity in Central America
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
2011 (English)In: International journal of occupational and environmental health, ISSN 1077-3525, E-ISSN 2049-3967, Vol. 17, no 3, 270-81 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 estimation of the heat exposure variable wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) in different locations within the region were used to estimate the effects. We found that heat stress at work is a real threat. Literature from Central America and heat exposure estimates show that some workers are already at risk under current conditions. These conditions will likely worsen with climate change, demonstrating the need to create solutions that will protect worker health and productivity.

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2011. Vol. 17, no 3, 270-81 p.
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worker health, heat, heat stress, climate change, Central America
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-53547DOI: 10.1179/107735211799041931ISI: 00029343190001PubMedID: 21905396OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-53547DiVA: diva2:513375
Available from: 2012-04-02 Created: 2012-04-02 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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