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Document ID (ISN)112036
CIS number 11-0697
ISSN - Serial title 1439-6319 - European Journal of Applied Physiology
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Oliveira A.V., Gaspar A.R., Quintela D.A.
Title Occupational exposure to cold thermal environments: A field study in Portugal
Bibliographic information 2008, No.104, p.207-214. Illus. 28 ref.
Internet access Occupational_exposure.pdf [in English]
Abstract This study of cold thermal environments covered 101 workplaces from 32 industrial units in six activity sectors in Portugal. Work environments were allocated to typical exposure categories corresponding to freezing and refrigerating cold stores and free-running or controlled air temperature manufacturing workplaces. Cold exposure levels were evaluated using the ISO/TR 11079 standard. Findings show that a significant percentage of workers are repeatedly exposed to extreme conditions with insufficient clothing insulation. Among a total of 3667 workers, about one-third (1151) are exposed to cold. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Portugal; cold workplaces; exposure evaluation; job-exposure relation
Descriptors (secondary) body temperature; air-conditioned premises; food industry; cold storage
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Heating, ventilation and climate
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Heat and cold
Food industry