Report-back for geo-referenced environmental data: A case study on personal monitoring of temperature in outdoor workers

Submitted: 5 October 2017
Accepted: 19 November 2017
Published: 7 May 2018
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Few studies have evaluated the benefits of reporting back participatory environmental monitoring results, particularly regarding participant motivation toward behavioural modification concerning workplace heat exposure. This study evaluated the individual data report-back for geo-located environmental temperature and time activity patterns in grounds maintenance crews in three geographic regions across the South-eastern United States. Surveys collected information on worker interpretation of their results and intended action(s) to reduce heat exposure. Worker response was highly positive, especially among more experienced workers who expressed a greater willingness to modify personal behaviour to reduce heat stress. Individual-level report-back of environmental data is a powerful tool for individuals to understand and act on their personal exposure to heat.

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Appalachian State University, University Research Council, Oak Ridge Associated Universities Travel Grant

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Thompson, L., Sugg, M., & Runkle, J. (2018). Report-back for geo-referenced environmental data: A case study on personal monitoring of temperature in outdoor workers. Geospatial Health, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2018.629

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