Climate change impact on microclimate of work environment related to occupational health and productivity

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Introduction. Climate change is a global emergency that influences human health and occupational safety. Global warming characterized by an increase in temperature of the ambience and humidity affects human health directly impairing body thermoregulation with serious consequences: dehydration, fatigue, heat stroke and even death. Several studies have demonstrated negative effects of climate change on working populations in a wide variety of workplaces with particular regard to outdoor and uncooled indoor workplaces. Most vulnerable workers are outdoor workers in tropical and subtropical countries usually involved in heavy labor during hot seasons. Many of the consequences therefore, regarding working people are possible, even without health symptoms by reducing work productivity. Aim. The scope of this review is to investigate effects of climate change on workers both in relation to health and work productivity. Methods. This study has been realized by analyzing recent international literature. Conclusions. In order to reduce negative effects of climate change on working populations it is essential to implement preventive measures with a multidisciplinary strategy limiting health risks and improving work productivity.

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Enrico Marchetti

Pasquale Capone

Daniela Freda

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Marchetti, E., Capone, P., & Freda, D. (2016). Climate change impact on microclimate of work environment related to occupational health and productivity. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 52(3), 338-342. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/468
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