Outdoor labour productivity

Explanation of the problem

People working outdoors are more susceptible to high outdoor temperatures. On hot days, when the sun shines brightly, they lose a lot of fluids, and their bodies heat up faster, especially during physical exertion. This results in more frequent short breaks, reduced concentration, and an increased likelihood of errors and accidents during hot days. This leads to health problems and a loss of work productivity. Vulnerable groups include street and roof workers , traffic controllers, police officers, (railway) workers, construction workers, and those working in the green sector. Depending on their activities, employees in logistics and tourism are also vulnerable. Comfort in the city plays a role in this: a workplace shaded by trees is better than an open construction site without any shade.

Information and maps for better understanding

Basic maps according to the standardized stress test

  • Detailed heat map of the perceived temperature on a hot day Climate Impact Atlas) → provides insight into areas where the perceived temperature may be too high to work effectively.

Additional maps

  • Map showing the number of summer or tropical days now and in the future (Climate Impact Atlas) → provides an indication of the increase in the number of days when work productivity may decrease.
  • Shade analyses → to determine areas where there may be insufficient shade for work.
  • Map of common locations of outdoor workers.

Some measures and guidelines