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Scand J Work Environ Health. 1990;16 Suppl 1:44-50.

Thermal stress and human performance.

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  • 1National Defence Research Establishment, Karlstad, Sweden.


There is evidence that the thermal stress encountered in many work environments may negatively affect various aspects of human performance and behavior. Evaluation of the empirical research is, however, complicated by differences in both the methodology and the definition of the basic stimulus. Effects of heat and cold stress are briefly reviewed, with particular regard to theoretical considerations.

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