A research framework for assessing the effects of heat stress on construction workers

Ping Chuen Chan, Kwan Wah Wong, Chi Ho Michael Yam, Wai Ming Chan, E. C.M. Mok, Yu Kai Geoffrey Shea, Y. Guan, J. W.Y. Chung, H. Biggs, D. Dingsdag

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Abstract

Hong Kong in summer (June-October) is hot and humid. Construction workers have to undertake physically demanding activities and often in confined spaces. They are vulnerable to heat stress in summer hence health and safety measures associated to heat stress measured by scientific and clinical parameters are urgently needed. This paper provides an initial report of a research project funded by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the HKSAR. The aim of this study is to develop a set of indices measured by clinical and scientific methods to detect impending attacks of heat stress. These indices would be of tremendous value in better safeguarding workers' health and safety by reducing the occurrences of heat stress on site. This paper firstly reports on the statistics of construction incidents arising from heat stress. Qualitative and quantitative researchmethods applied in conducting the research are discussed. It is believed that the construction industry and the government would benefit a lot as a result of this study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISEC 2011 - 6th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference
Subtitle of host publicationModern Methods and Advances in Structural Engineering and Construction
PublisherResearch Publishing Services
Pages485-489
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789810879204
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
Event6th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference: Modern Methods and Advances in Structural Engineering and Construction, ISEC 2011 - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 21 Jun 201126 Jun 2011

Conference

Conference6th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference: Modern Methods and Advances in Structural Engineering and Construction, ISEC 2011
Country/TerritorySwitzerland
CityZurich
Period21/06/1126/06/11

Keywords

  • Clinical parameters
  • Construction working condition
  • Heat stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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