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Industrial contributions to standards for hot environments.
Industrial Health Foundation 1974 May; :1-41
A workshop was held in June of 1971 in preparation for a study on industrial contributions to standards for hot jobs. This workshop assisted in paving the way for a continuing cooperative effort in industry and academia to develop information and data relevant to the needs for a practical basis for standards development. Efforts continued with a workshop in January 1972 followed by a special meeting of representatives from more than 20 companies and associations. Efforts were made to determine the feasibility of setting a time weighted average for heat exposure and for metabolic rate on different jobs. The ability of a central monitoring station to read heat exposures at different locations in a facility versus the taking of readings at the individual locations at which heat presents a concern was considered. The levels at which heat exposure becomes significant and the relationships of these levels to the proposed standards were considered. Several recommendations were made by the committee dealing with the assessment of heat stress and strain, the measuring of physiological data, the usefulness of a time weighted average reading concerning heat exposure, the recording of data by the medical department in a company, the advisability of measuring total sweat rate, the tolerance of heat by older versus younger workers, and the tolerance of greater heat levels by women versus men.
NIOSH-Grant; Age-factors; Sex-factors; Workplace-studies; Job-stress; Physiological-stress; Heat-stress; Hot-environments
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