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Towards a wearable sensor system for continuous occupational cold stress assessment

Towards a wearable sensor system for continuous occupational cold stress assessment

Category
Journal publication
Abstract
This study investigated the usefulness of continuous sensor data for improving occupational cold stress assessment. Eleven volunteer male subjects completed a 90–120-min protocol in cold environments, consisting of rest, moderate and hard work. Biomedical data were measured using a smart jacket with integrated temperature, humidity and activity sensors, in addition to a custom-made sensor belt worn around the chest. Other relevant sensor data were measured using commercially available sensors. The study aimed to improve decision support for workers in cold climates, by taking advantage of the information provided by data from the rapidly growing market of wearable sensors. Important findings were that the subjective thermal sensation did not correspond to the measured absolute skin temperature and that large differences were observed in both metabolic energy production and skin temperatures under identical exposure conditions. Temperature, humidity, activity and heart rate were found to be relevant parameters for cold stress assessment, and the locations of the sensors in the prototype jacket were adequate. The study reveals the need for cold stress assessment and indicates that a generalised approached is not sufficient to assess the stress on an individual level
Client
  • Norges forskningsråd / 251907
Language
English
Author(s)
Affiliation
  • SINTEF Digital / Smart Sensor Systems
  • SINTEF Digital / Health Research
Year
2018
Published in
Industrial Health
ISSN
0019-8366
Volume
56
Booklet
3
Page(s)
228 - 240