Heat exposure and workers' health: A systematic review

Junhyeong Lee, Yong Ho Lee, Won Jun Choi, Seunghon Ham, Seong Kyu Kang, Jin Ha Yoon, Min Joo Yoon, Mo Yeol Kang, Wanhyung Lee

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Objectives: Several studies on the health effects of heat exposure on workers have been reported; however, only few studies have summarized the overall and systematic health effects of heat exposure on workers. This study aims to review the scientific reports on the health status of workers exposed to high temperatures in the workplace. Methods: We reviewed literature from databases such as PubMed and Google Scholar, using Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines to identify studies that address health effects of heat exposure among workers. Results: In total, 459 articles were identified, and finally, 47 articles were selected. Various health effects of heat exposure on workers have been reported, such as heat-related diseases, deaths, accidents or injuries, effects on the urinary system, reproductive system, and on the psychological system. Conclusions: Our review suggests that many workers are vulnerable to heat exposure, and this has a health effect on workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-59
Number of pages15
JournalReviews on Environmental Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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