Climate Work Productivity Heat stress Exposure Occupational injury

Excessive occupational heat exposure: a significant ergonomic challenge and health risk for current and future workers

Lucas RAI, Epstein Y, Kjellstrom T

Occupational heat exposure threatens the health of a worker not only when heat illness occurs but also when a worker’s performance and work capacity is impaired. Occupational contexts that involve hot and humid climatic conditions, heavy physical workloads and/or protective clothing create a strenuous and potentially dangerous thermal load for a worker. There are recognized heat prevention strategies and international thermal ergonomic standards to protect the worker.