Investigation of a potential method to non-intrusively and reliably measure core body temperature in industrial environments, using infra-red thermometers.
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.
The study concluded insufficient reliability for this to be used as a monitoring or screening tool to prevent excessive heat exposure. The study does, however, provide useful guidance and feedback for management of hot-work processes.
Conducted by the Institute of Occupational Medicine Ltd (IOM), this project was funded by British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation and its’ members, IOSH and a number of trade unions and trade federations.