Current and Future Heat Stress in Nicaraguan Work Places under a Changing Climate

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While climate change continues to increase ambient temperatures, the resulting heat stress exposure to workers in non-climate controlled settings is not well characterized, particularly in low and middle income countries. This preliminary report describes current heat stress in Nica-raguan work places and estimates occupational heat stress in 2050. From over 400 measurements of heat exposure using wet bulb globe temperature, more than 10% of all measurements exceeded the safety threshold for the combination of light work and rest at the ratio of 25:75.

Calculating Workplace WBGT from Meteorological Data: A Tool for Climate Change Assessment

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The WBGT heat stress index has been well tested under a variety of climatic conditions and quantitative links have been established between WBGT and the work-rest cycles needed to prevent heat stress effects at the workplace. While there are more specific methods based on indi-vidual physiological measurements to determine heat strain in an individual worker, the WBGT index is used in international and national standards to specify workplace heat stress risks.

Heat Stress in Australia

Prezi presentation on Heat Stress in Australia ANU November 2012 Theory bubble: why temperature by itself doesn’t adequately measure heat stressIndex Comparison bubble: Comparing Different Heat indexes for AustraliaConsequences bubble: Health and productivity loss from heat stressFuture predictions bubble:  GCM models to predict heat stress in Australia in 2030 and 2050Collecting Data bubble:  Methods used to collect current data on heat stressGIS data bubble:  Examples of GIS output for Australia now and in futureStation Data bubble: Using daily and hourly station data to calculate heat stress

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