Estimated work ability in warm outdoor environments depends on the chose heat stress assessment metric

Peter Bröde, Dusan Fiala, Bruno Lemke, Tord Kjellstrom

With a view to occupational effects of climate change, we performed a simulation study on the influence of different heat stress assessment metrics on estimated workability (WA) of labour in warm outdoor environments. Whole-day shifts with varying workloads were simulated using as input meteorological records for the hottest month from four cities with prevailing hot (Dallas, New Delhi) or warm-humid conditions (Managua, Osaka), respectively.