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Type: Journal article
Title: Using a qualitative phenomenological approach to inform the etiology and prevention of occupational heat-related injuries in Australia
Author: Hansen, A.L.
Williams, S.
Hanson-Easey, S.
Varghese, B.M.
Bi, P.
Heyworth, J.
Nitschke, M.
Rowett, S.
Sim, M.R.
Pisaniello, D.L.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2020; 17(3):846-1-846-16
Publisher: MDPI
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 1660-4601
1660-4601
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Alana L Hansen, Susan Williams, Scott Hanson-Easey, Blesson M Varghese, Peng Bi, Jane Heyworth, Monika Nitschke, Shelley Rowett, Malcolm R Sim, and Dino L Pisaniello
Abstract: Epidemiological evidence has shown an association between exposure to high temperatures and occupational injuries, an issue gaining importance with environmental change. The aim of this study was to better understand contributing risk factors and preventive actions based on personal experiences. Interviews were conducted with 21 workers from five Australian states using a critical phenomenological approach to capture the lived experiences of participants, whilst exploring contextual factors that surround these experiences. Two case studies are presented: a cerebrovascular injury and injuries among seasonal horticulture workers. Other accounts of heat-related injuries and heat stress are also presented. Risk factors were classified as individual, interpersonal and organizational. In terms of prevention, participants recommended greater awareness of heat risks and peer-support for co-workers. Adding value to current evidence, we have provided new insights into the etiology of the health consequences of workplace heat exposure with workers identifying a range of influencing factors, prevention measures and adaptation strategies. Underpinning the importance of these are future climate change scenarios, suggesting that extended hot seasons will lead to increasing numbers of workers at risk of heat-stress and associated occupational injuries.
Keywords: Occupational; injury; heat exposure; Australia; qualitative
Rights: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
RMID: 1000013938
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17030846
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160103059
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