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dc.contributor.authorCarter, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorOppermann, Elspeth
dc.contributor.authorField, Emma
dc.contributor.authorBrearley, Matt
dc.identifier.citationApplied ergonomics 2019-08-29; 82: 102918
dc.description.abstractHeat poses a significant occupational hazard for labour-intensive workers in hot and humid environments. Therefore, this study measured the prevalence of heat-stress symptoms and impact of heat exposure on labour-intensive industries within the Monsoonal North region of Australia. A cohort of 179 workers completed a questionnaire evaluating environmental exposure, chronic (recurring) and/or severe (synonymous with heat stroke) symptoms of heat stress, and impact within work and home settings. Workers reported both chronic (79%) and severe (47%) heat stress symptoms, with increased likelihood of chronic symptoms when exposed to heat sources (OR 1.5-1.8, p = 0.002-0.023) and decreased likelihood of both chronic and severe symptoms when exposed to air-conditioning (Chronic: OR 0.5, p = <0.001, Severe: OR 0.7, p = 0.019). Negative impacts of heat exposure were reported for both work and home environments (30-60% respectively), highlighting the need for mitigation strategies to reduce occupational heat stress in the Monsoonal North.
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dc.subjectHeat related illness
dc.subjectNorthern Australia
dc.subjectWorkplace health and safety
dc.titleThe impact of perceived heat stress symptoms on work-related tasks and social factors: A cross-sectional survey of Australia's Monsoonal North.
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.journaltitleApplied ergonomics
dc.identifier.affiliationCharles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, 0909, Australia. Electronic address:
dc.identifier.affiliationNorthern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, 0909, Australia. Electronic address:
dc.identifier.affiliationMenzies School of Health Research, Level 1, 147 Wharf Street, Spring Hill, 4000, QLD, Australia; Australian National University, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, 62 Mills Road, Acton Australian Capital Territory, 2601, Australia. Electronic address:
dc.identifier.affiliationNational Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Level 8 Royal Darwin Hospital, Rocklands Drive, Tiwi, 0810, NT, Australia; Thermal Hyperformance, PO Box 1356, Howard Springs, 0835, NT, Australia; Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, 0909, Australia. Electronic address:
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