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Document ID (ISN)108665
CIS number 08-1167
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Tanaka M.
Title Heat stress standard for hot work environments in Japan
Bibliographic information Jan. 2007, Vol.45, No.1, p.85-90. Illus. 21 ref.
Abstract Threshold limit values (TLVs) are normally defined to protect workers from the severest effects of thermal stress and to establish the exposures to heat in working environments. The criteria have been mainly set for working in mines and factories. However, acute heat strokes sometimes occur in outdoor work environments such as construction and agriculture. Furthermore, Japan has a very hot and humid climate during summer. The WBGT index is a useful evaluation value for hot environments and should be used as a standard during summer. Humidity also constitutes a problem in indoor workplaces. Therefore, it is proposed that TLVs for thermal conditions be defined according to seasons and physical workload.
Descriptors (primary) Japan; hot workplaces; heat load; outdoor work
Descriptors (secondary) humidity; threshold limit values; subtropical climate; comment on standard; limitation of exposure; WBGT index; physical workload
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Heating, ventilation and climate
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Heat and cold