Strategy for evaluation and prevention of risk due to work in thermal environments

Ann Occup Hyg. 1999 Jul;43(5):367-76. doi: 10.1093/annhyg/43.5.367.


A strategy in four successive stages is described and justified for the prevention and control of thermal problems in the workplace. This should allow these problems to be approached and solved progressively in small as well as large companies by relying successively, when necessary, on the complementary competencies of the workers themselves, their technical assistance, the occupational health specialists and the experts. The criteria to fulfil at each stage are described and discussed. Appendix 1 describes in detail the methods to be used at stages 2, "Observation" by the workers and their assistance; at stage 3, "Analysis" with the help of specialists; and outlines the stage 4, "Expertise".

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Bias
  • Body Temperature Regulation
  • Data Collection
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Heat Stress Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Heat Stress Disorders / physiopathology
  • Heat Stress Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Occupational Diseases / physiopathology
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Medicine / methods
  • Professional Competence
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Research Design*
  • Risk Assessment / methods*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity