1st Meeting of the Scientific Committee on Thermal Factors (SCTF)
3 May 2019 / Wellington, New Zealand
- To receive updates on the scientific evidence on increasing environmental and workplace heat as a health risk factor from globally active scientists and discuss gaps in the evidence;
- To establish contacts for potential new research collaboration;
- To discuss plans for the ICOH SCTF and to discuss a proposed SCTF plan for a global consensus report on methods to quantify heat effects on occupational health and productivity in the context of climate change.
- Advertisement of SCTF ICOH membership: prospective members may apply with the endorsement of three ICOH members (Annex II).
- The next in-person meeting will be held in conjunction with the International Conference on Heat-related Illnesses in Kitakyushu, Japan. The conference is on 27-28 Oct 2019 and is to be organized by Seichi Horie.
- A new Heat Health and Work Productivity Research Programme will be initiated at the NUS Global Asia Institute from July 2019 (http://www.gai.nus.edu.sg). Jason Lee encouraged members to consider tapping on that platform to foster collaborative research.
- To jointly prepare a scientific summary report of heat effects on working people and to identify gaps in current evidence.
- To prepare an agreed standard protocol for field studies of heat effects at workplaces, and to promote its use to produce data for a global picture of this occupational health problem.
- To develop new joint analysis of the potential future impacts of heat on occupational health and productivity.
- To seek funding for these joint activities.