Occupational heat stress to the greenhouse workers
Purvi Tiwari, AK Shrivastava and AK Dave
Greenhouse farming involves controlling the environment to cultivate horticultural crops throughout the year. However, despite its advantages, greenhouse workers face unique job-related challenges due to factors like high temperatures, humidity, carbon dioxide levels, and pollutants. These conditions can result in health problems such as respiratory issues, fatigue, and reduced mental alertness among workers. A study was conducted to examine temperature fluctuations and humidity imbalances, particularly during the hot summer months, which can lead to heat-related illnesses. The study found that the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) in walk in type greenhouses averaged around 34 °C, putting workers at risk of heat exhaustion, dehydration, respiratory problems, and muscle cramps due to the physically demanding nature of their work. To address these health issues, ergonomic interventions were implemented as part of the study's recommendations.
How to cite this article:
Purvi Tiwari, AK Shrivastava and AK Dave. Occupational heat stress to the greenhouse workers. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2023; 12(10S): 03-05.