|Document ID (ISN)||111144|
|Convention or series no.
||Etudes et Recherches Rapport R-580
||Dessureault P.C., Tellier A.
||Auto-surveillance of the thermal stress of young workers assigned to hay storage
||L'autosurveillance de l'astreinte thermique des jeunes travailleurs affectés à l'engrangement du foin [in French]|
||Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2008. v, 50p. Illus. 68 ref. Price: CAD 7.35. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
||Rapport_R-580.pdf [in French]
||Observations of young workers assigned to hay storage have confirmed extremely high levels of heat stress. Occupational safety and health regulations recommend using the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) to measure heat stress. However, this index is difficult to apply in an agricultural environment, mainly because it requires specialized knowledge and instruments. This study investigated the feasibility of applying an auto-surveillance program intended for young workers. The experiments carried out among these workers have shown that they can ensure their own safety if they monitor their level of heat stress by means of a cardiofrequency meter measuring their heart rate. However, employers must also provide them with the appropriate beverages, encourage them to take breaks and supply them with all the necessary information about their working in hot environments.
||hot workplaces; agricultural operations; heat load; young persons; agriculture
||Canada; heart rate monitoring; reliability; workers' participation; WBGT index; report; description of technique
||E - Books, reports, proceedings
||Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Heating, ventilation and climate
|Broad subject area(s)
||Industries and occupations
||Heat and cold