07/17/2019

New report on work-related heat stress

Global warming will make heat stress and extreme weather events more common.
Excessive heat during work creates occupational health risks; it restricts a
worker's physical functions and capabilities, work capacity and productivity.
"Heat exhaustion” occurs when body temperature exceeds 39°C: it is associated
with reduced labour productivity, a greater prevalence of job-related errors
and an increased risk of accidental workplace injuries. Exposure to excessive
heat levels can lead to heatstroke, sometimes even with a fatal outcome.
Workers in all sectors are affected, but certain occupations are especially at
risk because they involve more physical effort and/or take place outdoors. Such
jobs are typically found in agriculture, environmental goods and services
(natural resource management), construction, refuse collection, emergency
repair work, transport, tourism and sports. Industrial workers in indoor
settings are also at risk if temperature levels inside factories and workshops
are not regulated properly. At high heat levels, performing even basic office
and desk tasks becomes difficult as mental fatigue sets in.

A new report on heat stress resulting from global warming, which predicts
significant productivity, job and economic losses, has been launched by the
International Labour Organization (ILO).

This new report "Working on a warmer planet: The impact of heat stress on
labour productivity and decent work" draws on climate, employment and
physiological data and presents estimates of the current and projected
productivity losses at national, regional and global levels.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: International Labour Organisation (ILO)