Thermal Working Paper #1: Heat Stress in the Cambodian Brick Sector

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Abstract

Workers in the Cambodian brick sector face an exceptionally high risk of heat stress due to undertaking heavy work in high temperatures and humidities, as well as working around very hot environments during and after brick firing. Under climate change, this risk is increasing, as very hot days become more common. In Cambodia, the number of very hot days – meaning days over 35˚C or a Heat Index of 55+ assuming average humidity of 77% (UNICEF, 2022) – have increased by 46 days per year since 1990 (World Bank, 2021).

This working paper presents data from a survey of 30 brick workers in three kilns undertaken from 25th of March to May 5th 2023.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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