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Title: Maintaining health, comfort and productivity in heat waves
Authors: Parsons, Ken
Keywords: Heat physiology
Heat waves
Health
Comfort
Productivity
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Co-Action Publishing © Ken Parsons
Citation: PARSONS, K., 2009. Maintaining health, comfort and productivity in heat waves. Global Health Action, 2, pp. p39 - 45.
Abstract: Background: The aim of this paper is to summarise what is known about human response to heat and to use this knowledge to provide guidance on how to maintain the health, comfort and performance of people in heat waves. Design: The use of power and especially water are critical in providing cooling. A practical method of cooling people in a water bath is described. A warm bath slowly cooled will provide effective cooling but not thermal trauma. Result: It is concluded that for sedentary and light activities, it is not necessary to cool offices or homes below 258C for thermal comfort. Conclusion: To compare the costs due to loss of productivity caused by a heat wave, with the cost of taking action, more research is needed into the relationship between levels of heat stress and how much distraction and ‘time off task’ it causes.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Global Health Action [© Ken Parsons]. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/), permitting all non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.3402/gha.v2i0.2057
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/11805
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v2i0.2057
ISSN: 1654-9716
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