Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083861
Title: A Web Survey to Evaluate the Thermal Stress Associated with Personal Protective Equipment among Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Italy
Authors: Messeri, Alessandro
Bonafede, Michela
Pietrafesa, Emma
Pinto, Iole
De'Donato, Francesca
Crisci, Alfonso
JASON LEE KAI WEI 
Marinaccio, Alessandro
Levi, Miriam
Morabito, Marco
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
occupational safety and health
adaptation strategy
PPE
global warming
heat stress
HEAT-STRESS
Issue Date: 7-Apr-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Messeri, Alessandro, Bonafede, Michela, Pietrafesa, Emma, Pinto, Iole, De'Donato, Francesca, Crisci, Alfonso, JASON LEE KAI WEI, Marinaccio, Alessandro, Levi, Miriam, Morabito, Marco (2021-04-07). A Web Survey to Evaluate the Thermal Stress Associated with Personal Protective Equipment among Healthcare Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Italy. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18 (8). ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083861
Abstract: The pandemic has been afflicting the planet for over a year and from the occupational point of view, healthcare workers have recorded a substantial increase in working hours. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE), necessary to keep safe from COVID-19 increases the chances of overheating, especially during the summer seasons which, due to climate change, are becoming increasingly warm and prolonged. A web survey was carried out in Italy within the WORKLIMATE project during the summer and early autumn 2020. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to evaluate differences between groups. 191 questionnaires were collected (hospital doctor 38.2%, nurses 33.5%, other healthcare professionals 28.3%). The impact of PPE on the thermal stress perception declared by the interviewees was very high on the body areas directly covered by these devices (78% of workers). Workers who used masks for more than 4 h per day perceived PPE as more uncomfortable (p < 0.001) compared to the others and reported a greater productivity loss (p < 0.001). Furthermore, the study highlighted a high perception of thermal stress among healthcare workers that worn COVID-19-PPE and this enhances the need for appropriate heat health warning systems and response measures addressed to the occupational sector.
Source Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/193976
ISSN: 1661-7827
1660-4601
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18083861
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