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New and Old Indices for Evaluating Heat Stress in an Indoor Environment: Some Considerations. Comment on Kownacki, L.; Gao, C.; Kuklane, K.; Wierzbicka, A. Heat Stress in Indoor Environments of Scandinavian Urban Areas: A Literature Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16 (4), 560. doi:10.3390/ijerph16040560

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Health Service Department, State Police, Ministry of Interior, 20162 Milan, Italy
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Institute of Public Health., Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 00168 Rome, Italy
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Department of Woman/Child and Public Health, Fondazione Policlinico “A. Gemelli” IRCCS, 00168 Rome, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(8), 1444; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16081444
Received: 7 April 2019 / Accepted: 17 April 2019 / Published: 23 April 2019
In their review, Kownacki et al. showed some practical and easy to use workplace heat indices that are useful for indoor environments, namely the “Wet Bulb Globe Temperature” (WBGT), the “Predicted Heat Strain” (PHS) model, the “Thermal Work Limit” (TWL), the “Equivalent Temperature” (ET) and the thermal comfort index “PMV/PPD”. In this letter, the authors explain why the modified PMV/PPD method together with the indices combining temperature with humidity, such as the “Humidex Index” and the “Heat Index”, could be a more feasible and useful tool for evaluating potential thermal stress in indoor environments for both the occupational and general population. View Full-Text
Keywords: indoor environment; heat stress; occupational health; outdoor; public health; thermal risk assessment indoor environment; heat stress; occupational health; outdoor; public health; thermal risk assessment
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Chirico, F.; Magnavita, N. New and Old Indices for Evaluating Heat Stress in an Indoor Environment: Some Considerations. Comment on Kownacki, L.; Gao, C.; Kuklane, K.; Wierzbicka, A. Heat Stress in Indoor Environments of Scandinavian Urban Areas: A Literature Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16 (4), 560. doi:10.3390/ijerph16040560. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1444. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16081444

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Chirico F, Magnavita N. New and Old Indices for Evaluating Heat Stress in an Indoor Environment: Some Considerations. Comment on Kownacki, L.; Gao, C.; Kuklane, K.; Wierzbicka, A. Heat Stress in Indoor Environments of Scandinavian Urban Areas: A Literature Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16 (4), 560. doi:10.3390/ijerph16040560. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(8):1444. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16081444

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Chirico, Francesco; Magnavita, Nicola. 2019. "New and Old Indices for Evaluating Heat Stress in an Indoor Environment: Some Considerations. Comment on Kownacki, L.; Gao, C.; Kuklane, K.; Wierzbicka, A. Heat Stress in Indoor Environments of Scandinavian Urban Areas: A Literature Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16 (4), 560. doi:10.3390/ijerph16040560" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 8: 1444. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16081444

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