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Document ID (ISN)102863
CIS number 03-1865
ISSN - Serial title Travail et bien-être
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Vandenkieboom H.
Title Working under extreme heat conditions
Original title Travailler dans une chaleur extrême [in French]
Bibliographic information Dec. 2002, Vol.5, No.5, p.11-14. Illus.
Abstract This study of heat stress during the maintenance and repair of glass furnaces was carried out after several workers of a glass products manufacturer presented physical disorders (headaches and muscle cramps) following long and repetitive work at the furnaces. Internal heat load during work was determined by measuring pulse rate, body-core temperature and weight loss. External load was determined by measuring WGBT values and noiseand lighting levels. Results indicate that cardiac load limits were clearly exceeded (CLV>100%). Water losses were close to the limit values specified by the WHO, namely 5L per daily period of work. WBGT values ranged between 38.1 and 49.1°C (the legal limit value is 25°C). During certain tasks using pneumatic picks, noise values between 98 and 101db(A) were recorded. In certain cases, the lighting level was below the required minimum of 100lux. Furthermore, certain postures adopted by workers increase the risk of overload of the back and upper extremities. Several recommendations are made based on these findings.
Descriptors (primary) physical workload; maintenance and repair; heat stress assessment; glass industry; hot workplaces; industrial furnaces
Descriptors (secondary) lighting; Belgium; noise; body temperature; heat protective clothing; WBGT index; job study; heart rate monitoring; dehydration
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium
Subject(s) Heating, ventilation and climate
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Glass, pottery and related materials
Heat and cold