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Document ID (ISN)111316
CIS number 10-0885
ISSN - Serial title 0090-0036 - American Journal of Public Health
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Joubert D., Thomsen J., Harrison O.
Title Safety in the heat: A comprehensive program for prevention of heat illness among workers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Bibliographic information Mar. 2011, Vol.101, No.3, p.395-398. Illus. 2 ref.
Abstract The Safety in the Heat programme was developed in response to the extreme heat stress conditions experienced by workers in the United Arab Emirates and other Middle Eastern countries each summer, where ambient air temperatures often reach 45░C and higher with 90% humidity. A comprehensive, multimedia, economical education and awareness programme targeting companies in the region was developed; 465 companies employing 814 996 heat-exposed workers across 6254 work and labor residence sites were reached. Feedback from programme participants indicated a high level of support and satisfaction. Results indicated a marked reduction in heat related illness over a period of two years (2008-2009) at two companies, one of which reported a combined 79.5% decrease in cases, while the other experienced a 50% reduction in serious cases.
Descriptors (primary) United Arab Emirates; heat stress disease; health programmes
Descriptors (secondary) hot workplaces; outdoor work; heat load; programme evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Heat and cold