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Hot Weather and Worker Health in a Changing Climate

posted on 2017-08-16, 07:21 authored by JUDITH ANNE MCINNES
Work-related injuries exact a heavy toll. Studies have suggested that hot weather increases work-related injury risk. This is important because the climate is warming, and hot days, warm nights and heatwaves are expected to become more frequent and severe. This thesis investigated the relationship between hot weather and work-related injury for workers in Melbourne. The impact of daytime and overnight temperatures, as well as consecutive hot days and nights, were assessed. It found young workers, male workers and workers engaged in heavy work to be at increased risk of injury on hot days, while warm nights influenced risk of injury for female and older workers. Exposure to consecutive hot days also increased injury risk, with this effect becoming apparent at relatively moderate temperatures.


Principal supervisor

Peter Matthew Smith

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences