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WA Branch - PD Event: Heat Stress

Heat stress on construction site: developing an organizational structure and culture for effective management

Dr. Andrea Jia

Dr.Andrea Jia is a Research Fellow at the School of Built Environment at Curtin University. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture, and her PhD in construction project management. Her research focuses on heat stress management, construction safety management, human resource management and professional institutions.


Climatic heat stress is a risk that poses a challenge to both safety and productivity in construction projects, as workers suffer from impaired physical capacity and mental alertness. In Australia, a recent study reported an annual labour productivity loss of AU$6 billion due to heat stress. The current practice of managing heat stress at Australian construction sites focuses on the use of the thermal work limit (TWL) index and two discrete interventions; hydration and self-­‐pacing.

This PD seminar will present a study of these practices applied to a typical case of heat stress management in a major construction project in Australia, and discuss how Australian practice could be better informed by international research and practice in this field. An institutional logics analysis on the consequences of construction project organisational structure, culture, and processes that push this workplace hazard out of management’s attention will be presented.

The study identified initiatives that build up a reconciling logic between safety and productivity, and suggests what can be done to the existing organisational human resource management and production systems.

RSVP by 16th February 2017.

Event Date: Thursday 23rd February

Event Location: Curtin University, Building 401 Room 245 (School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work), Kent Street, Bentley WA

Registrations Open: 31st Jan 17 1:00 PM

Registrations Close: 23rd Feb 17 9:00 AM

Member Price: FREE

Places Available: 26

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