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|Title:||Correlates of occupational heat-induced illness costs: case study of South Australia 2000 to 2014|
|Citation:||Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2018; 60(9):463-469|
|Publisher:||Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins|
|Jianjun Xiang, Alana Hansen, Dino Pisaniello, Keith Dear and Peng Bi|
|Abstract:||Objective: To investigate the profile of occupational heat-induced illness costs in South Australia and to examine the association with high temperature. Methods: Workers’ compensation claim data were used to quantify the associations between maximum temperature (Tmax) and occupational heat illness (OHI)-related costs, using time-series analysis after controlling for confounding factors. Results: Four hundred thirty-eight OHI claims in 2000 to 2014 resulted in total medical costs of AU$6,002,840 and 5,036 work days lost. Relatively higher OHI burdens were found in men, those aged 25 to 44 years, new workers, medium-size businesses, and those employed in the mining industry. A 1 8C increase in Tmax above about 33 8C was associated with a 41.6% increase in medical costs and a 74.8% increase in days lost due to OHI, respectively. Conclusions: The cost profile of OHI may be used to justify interventions for particular industries, occupations, and worker categories.|
|Keywords:||Climate; cost burden; heat stress; occupational heat illness; South Australia|
|Rights:||© 2018 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited|
|Appears in Collections:||Public Health publications|
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