Reliable Industrial Measurement of Core Body Temperature Research Published

Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA) on 2010-03-12 11:16:51
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Commissioned by British Glass, their members and the IOSH Research Committee, a research project into reliable industrial measurement of core body temperature in industrial environments through non-intrusive means has now reached publication. The project aimed to establish a consistent relationship between core body temperature and that of the tympanic membrane of the ear in order to identify a non-intrusive method of monitoring workers’ core body temperature. The project involved field data study in workplace environments where individuals are exposed to elevated temperatures, including furnace operations in both glass and cast-metals manufacture. Individuals in these organisations volunteered to participate in the study and ingested a temperature-sensitive intra-gastric pill – which provides a reliable measure of the core body temperature. Field study by IOM’s professional staff compared the data from these intra-gastric pills to temperatures taken using a non-intrusive infra-red thermometer.

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