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

A. P. C. CHAN, F. K. W. WONG, M. C. H. YAM, D. M. W. CHAN, E. C. M. MOK, G. Y. K. SHEA, Y. GUAN, Wai Yee Joanne 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. Copyright © 2011 by Research Publishing Services.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModern methods and advances in structural engineering and construction
EditorsSai On CHEUNG
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherResearch Publishing Services
Pages485-489
ISBN (Electronic)9789810879204, 9810879202
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Health
Construction industry
Hot Temperature
Statistics

Citation

Chan, A. P. C., Wong, F. K. W., Yam, M. C. H., Chan, D. M. W,, Mok, E. C. M., Shea, G. Y. K., . . . Dingsdag, D. (2011). A research framework for assessing the effects of heat stress on construction workers. In S. O. Cheung (Ed.), Modern methods and advances in structural engineering and construction (pp. 485-489). Singapore: Research Publishing Services.

Keywords

  • Heat stress
  • Clinical parameters
  • Construction working condition