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Increasing worker safety and productivity by controlling heat exposure


Download:Year of publications: 2018

Place of publication: Rome, Italy

Other Entities Involved: NONE

Pages: #67

ISBN: 978-92-5-130502-7

Author: Diannes Staal Wasterlund

Serial Title: FAO Forestry Paper

Series number: 1

Publisher: FAO Agrovoc: agricultural sectorworking conditionsheat stressrisk assessmentlabour productivitysafety at workwork organization


This report reviews the implications of heat stress in working environments in agriculture (with a focus on farming and forestry), how it affects the human body, the risks it poses to human health, how it is measured, how it affects labor productivity, and how it can be managed. Managers often disregard heat stress as an occupational hazard, and workers therefore often have to handle this aspect of the work environment themselves. Heat stress has a negative effect on worker performance, and exposure to severe heat stress can be fatal; nevertheless, it can be greatly reduced with proper work organization and education.