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Evaluation of the Impact of Ambient Temperatures on Occupational Injuries in Spain
Background: Extreme cold and heat have been linked to an increased risk of occupational injuries. However, the evidence is still limited to a small number of studies of people with relatively few injuries and with a limited geographic extent, and the corresponding economic effect has not been studied in detail. Objectives: We assessed the relationship between ambient temperatures and occupational injuries in Spain along with its economic effect. Methods: The daily number of occupational injuries that caused at least one day of leave and the daily maximum temperature were obtained for each Spanish...
Z1010-18 - Management of work in extreme conditions
The purpose of this Standard is to address the application of occupational health and safety management systems to plans for work performed under heightened-risk conditions presented by extreme environmental temperatures, severe weather, low or high atmospheric pressure, and poor air quality (causing impairment of breathing or visibility). CSA Z1010 is the latest addition to the Z1000 series of OHS management systems standards. It is designed to be used within an OHS management system in conjunction with the other standards in the Z1000 series. Source: http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/occupational...
Protéger les travailleurs du froid : mieux comprendre pour mieux agir
Dans de nombreux secteurs industriels, les travailleurs sont confrontés à des contraintes thermiques extrêmes et en particulier à des froids pouvant être intenses. Des normes internationales définissent le travail au froid à des températures égales ou inférieures à 10°C. Par exemple, les ouvriers de l'industrie alimentaire de transformation sont exposés, plusieurs heures par jour, à des températures comprises entre 0 et +10°C pour maintenir la chaine du froid (à des fins de conservation...
Ambiances thermiques
Quand le travail quitte sa zone de confort Que ce soit à l'extérieur ou à l'intérieur des locaux, la température du lieu de travail influe sur le confort des opérateurs. Si elle est particulièrement élevée ou basse, ce sont la santé et la sécurité de chacun qui peuvent être mises en jeu. La maîtrise des ambiances thermiques et de l'organisation à mettre en place joue alors un rôle essentiel dans la prévention des risques professionnels. Source: Travail & Sécurité...
Pertinence et conditions d'utilisation des indices thermiques dans le contexte québécois
Cette étude s’intéresse à l’ensemble des contraintes thermiques, depuis les grands froids typiques du nord du Québec, jusqu’aux ambiances excessivement chaudes retrouvées dans certaines industries. Six indices thermiques ont été analysés en détail; trois d’entre eux s’appliquent au froid, un au confort thermique et deux visent les conditions excessivement chaudes. Source: http://www.irsst.qc.ca/-publication-irsst-indices-thermiques-contexte-quebecois-r-824.html
The use of Bayesian inference to inform the surveillance of temperature-related occupational morbidity in Ontario, Canada, 2004-2010
PURPOSE: To assess the associations of occupational heat and cold-related illnesses presenting in emergency departments in south western Ontario, Canada, with daily meteorological conditions using Bayesian inference. METHODOLOGY: Meteorological and air pollution data for the south western economic region of Ontario were gathered from Environment Canada and the Ministry of Environment. Daily heat and cold-related emergency department visits clinically attributed to work from 2004 to 2010 were tabulated. A novel application of Bayesian inference on a flexible Poisson time series model was undertaken...
Cold Stress
For many, a sweater or an extra degree on the thermostat is all that's needed to keep warm at work on a cold day. Not so for those working outside or in an area that is poorly insulated or without heat. These workers may be at risk of cold stress. What constitutes cold stress and its effects can vary across different areas of the country. In regions relatively unaccustomed to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered factors for cold stress. Whenever temperatures drop decidedly below normal and wind speed increases, heat can more rapidly leave the body. These weather-related...
Travailler au froid ! Prévenir et soigner les gelures et l’hypothermie
Cette brochure explique la contrainte thermique par le froid et précise les facteurs de risque, les mesures préventives à prendre et les premiers secours à donner. Elle contient également la réglementation en vigueur sur le sujet. Cette édition comporte un nouveau tableau indiquant les dangers que présente le refroidissement éolien et le degré de risque de gelure. Source : http://www.csst.qc.ca/publications/200/Pages/DC_200_16182.aspx
Hypothermia – Surviving the Cold
Hypothermia often happens so slowly you don’t realize you’re in danger. This pamphlet tells you how to recognize and treat hypothermia. http://www.worksafebc.com/publications/health_and_safety/by_topic/assets/pdf/hypothermia.pdf
Clocks go back – HSE issues advice for safe working in winter
Now that the clocks have gone back, and winter is approaching, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is offering some timely guidance to ensure workers remain safe during the colder, darker months ahead. HSE Principal Inspector of Construction Peter Black said: “For those working outdoors, the winter months bring additional challenges to keeping safe. Cold weather and shorter periods of daylight mean there is more potential for accidents to happen. With a little planning, and common sense, these can be avoided. http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2008/coisco16708.htm

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