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The occupational health team led by Associate Professor Jacques Oosthuizen and Dr Joseph Maté developed an ice slurry drink that was shown to significantly decrease core body temperature under laboratory conditions. These findings were subsequently validated under field conditions on an off shore oil and gas platform. Woodside and the Australia - China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund have provided support for the project.
Achieving a lowered core temperature not only protects workers from heat stress, but also reduces fatigue, enhances comfort and improves workers concentration and safety performance.
Development of methods to assess workers heat tolerance and to enhance acclimation before deployment to hot work environments must be a priority, particularly among fly-in-fly out workers, who often work in extreme conditions.
For more information contact:
Professor Jacques Oosthuizen
Telephone (61 8) 6304 5876
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