Environmental Ergonomics - The Ergonomics of Human Comfort, Health, and Performance in the Thermal Environment, Volume 3

1st Edition

Authors: Yutaka Tochihara Tadakatsu Ohnaka
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080444666
eBook ISBN: 9780080455709
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 2nd April 2005
Page Count: 500
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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Section 1 – Physiology

    • Regulatory processes of the human body during thermal and work strain
    • The interrelation of thermal and nonthermal reflexes in the control of post exercise heat loss responses
    • Brain activation by thermal stimulation in humans studied with fMRI
    • Comparison of tympanic membrane temperatures measured by contact and noncontact tympanic thermometers during prolonged exercise in the heat
    • Physiological significance of bright vs. dim light intensities during the daytime for thermoregulatory responses, digestive functions and evening dressing behavior in the cold
    • The effect of illumination and temperature on sleep–wake rhythm disturbances in the elderly
    • Seasonal differences in physiological and psychological responses to hot and cold environments in the elderly and young males
  • Section 2 – Heat Stress

    • Evaluation of test protocols for smoke-divers working in the heat
    • The influence of various methods of fluid ingestion on changes in selected physiologicalreactions during thermal stress in a sauna
    • Physiological effects of heat stress on ground crew in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force
    • Cockpit thermal conditions and physiological reactions in flight: effects of mental workload on thermal regulation of aircrew while flying tasks
    • Effects of sportswear on thermoregulatory responses during exercise in a hot environment
    • Environmental temperature during summertime athletic competitions in Japan
    • Assessment of the risks of heat disorders encountered during work in hot conditionsin German hard coal mines
    • Optimum room temperature


Environmental Ergonomics addresses the problems of maintaining human comfort, activity and health in stressful environments. Its subject areas include thermal environments, illumination, noise and hypo- and hyperbaric environments. The book concentrates fundamentally on the way the thermal environment has affected human comfort, health and performance from the age of cave-dwellings to our age of skyscrapers.

This book contains only papers selected from the 10th ICEE held in Japan 23-27 September 2002. The ICEE has been held biannually since 1982, and has firmly established itself as the world’s most distinguished conference in its field, offering the ideal forum for research scientists, medical doctors, engineers, administrators, technicians, healthcare professionals and students to share their work and ideas.

Key Features

Selected papers from the 10th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics held in Japan, 23-27 September 2002. They have been revised and peer-reviewed.

Papers included in this text have been widely recognised as the catalyst for the recent advances witnessed in Environmental Ergonomics in Asia. They strike a balance between academia and industries' views on environmental ergonomics.

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About the Authors

Yutaka Tochihara Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Ergonomics, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

Tadakatsu Ohnaka Author