Heat Stress Questionnaire for Workers in the Canadian Mining Industry
Prepared by the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit (HEPRU)
Heat stress is a common physical hazard in the mining industry, projected to increase in severity in the coming years. In many cases, heat-related injuries go undetected throughout a work shift. The risk of a heat-related injury can be exacerbated in older workers, individuals with metabolic or cardiovascular disease (e.g., diabetes, hypertension) and in those workers who must perform consecutive days of work in hot environments. Recently, the incentive to mine deeper has proportionally increased with the temperature of the ambient environmental conditions, and consequently, the level of heat stress imposed on the individual. Additionally, workers in the mining industry face a unique set of risk factors for injury associated with stress and overexertion, worsened during prolonged exposure to high temperatures and excessive fluid losses (due to sweating). This includes i) elevated and sustained central nervous system activation caused by performing high-risk activities, ii) rapid shifts from low to high levels of physical exertion, iii) carrying, lifting, operating and wearing heavy protective gear and equipment, iv) and others.
In order to better understand the impact of heat stress and heat strain in mine workers and to advance the development of heat stress management strategies to protect mine workers against the potentially harmful effects of prolonged heat exposure, we must understand the conditions and causes that lead to elevated levels of heat strain.
To facilitate this process, we ask that you complete the questionnaire below. It should take approximately 15-20 minutes. Your responses are entirely confidential and anonymous.
It is important to note that you are under no obligation to participate even if you have received the survey from your employer. Your employer will not know who has agreed to participate. If you choose to participate, you can withdraw from the study at any time. However, please note that given the survey is anonymous, once the survey is completed, you will be unable to withdraw your data from the study as we will be unable to retrace your individual dataset.
I recognize that there will be no direct benefit to me from my participation in this study.
In order to minimize the risk of security breaches and to help ensure your confidentiality, it is recommended that you use standard safety measures, such as signing out of your account, closing your browser, and locking your device when you are no longer using it/when you have completed the survey. All raw data collected from the online survey will be stored using alphanumeric coding systems. Data will be kept in the Human and Environmental Physiology Research Unit in locked file cabinets and only Dr. Kenny will have access to your data. You can request to discuss the results of the questionnaire at the completion of the study. The data collected in this study will be published in scientific journals. The data will be destroyed (deleted from computer storage) immediately following publication of data.
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