A research framework for assessing the effects of heat stress on construction workers

Chan, APC, Wong, FKW, Yam, MCH, Chan, DMW, Mok, ECM, Shea, GYK, Guan, Y, Chung, JWY, Biggs, Herbert C., & Dinsdag, Donald (2011) A research framework for assessing the effects of heat stress on construction workers. In ISEC-6, Research Publishing Services, Zurich, Switzerland, pp. 1-6.

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Hong Kong in summer (June - October) is hot and humid. Construction workers have to undertake physically demanding activities and often in confined spaces. They are vulnerable to heat stress in summer hence health and safety measures associated to heat stress measured by scientific and clinical parameters are urgently needed. This paper provides an initial report of a research project funded by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the HKSAR. The aim of this study is to develop a set of indices measured by clinical and scientific methods to detect impending attacks of heat stress. These indices would be of tremendous value in better safeguarding workers’ health and safety by reducing the occurrences of heat stress on site. This paper firstly reports on the statistics of construction incidents arising from heat stress. Qualitative and quantitative research methods applied in conducting the research are discussed. It is believed that the construction industry and the government would benefit a lot as a result of this study.

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ID Code: 50744
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: heat stress, clinical parameters, construction working condition
ISBN: 9789810879204, 9810879202
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Research Publishing Services
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