A live interview of Dr. Andreas Flouris and Dr. George Samoutis about the HEAT-SHIELD project, a research programme funded by the European Union (EU). The interview was given on Ant1 Channel in Cyprus on June 12, 2018. Dr. Flouris is the Director of FAME Lab (www.famelab.gr), an Associate Professor at the University of Thessaly Department of Exercise Science, and the Technical Manager of the HEAT-SHIELD project. Dr. Samoutis is an Associate Professor at the University of Nicosia Medical School.
The HEAT-SHIELD project aims in addressing the negative effects of climate change, i.e., increasing workplace temperature, on its working population. The effects of heat exposure include productivity loss in many jobs, and HEAT-SHIELD investigates this issue and its prevention in different sectors. In addition, heat strain as a result of the increased workplace temperature creates health risks to the workers of the EU.
To address these issues, HEAT-SHIELD focuses on providing adaptation strategies for the five major industries of the EU and its workers: manufacturing, construction, transportation, tourism, and agriculture. Together, these industries represent 40% of the EU’s GDP and 50% of its workforce. Thus, by ensuring the health of the workforce, we can also shield our economy from the negative effects of climate change.
The HEAT-SHIELD project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 668786.