How much does PPE impact on Heat Stress in the workplace?
Whilst personal protective equipment (PPE) is regarded as the lowest form of control of hazards in the workplace, it is still often heavily relied on. This can range from having to wear long sleeves or long trousers through to full hazmat suits and don’t forget respiratory protection. Even in the cooler climates, it can become uncomfortable but as the weather warms up this discomfort can increase significantly.
In recent time we have seen COVID precautions requiring increased respiratory protection and disposable coveralls and garments. Are these requirements also adding to the thermal heat load? At what point does clothing and PPE requirements go from just discomfort to an increase in heat stress risk? This short session will look at trying to answer some of those questions and provide some insights into the impact in preparation for our incoming warmer weather.
Dr Ross Di Corleto
Dr Ross Di Corleto has been involved in occupational health & safety and occupational hygiene for over 35 years with experience in the power industry, mining and refining in Australia and internationally. He has a PhD in occupational health and a Master of Science by research in heat stress and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
He is a certified occupational hygienist, a Fellow & Past President of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists and the current President-Elect. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety. One of Ross’ areas of particular interest includes heat stress and the thermal environment, and he has authored a number of papers & reference documents in the area. Ross is currently the Principal Consultant and Director of Monitor Consulting Services based in Brisbane, Australia.
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