Dialogue: Heat in the Workplace

This Dialogue provides a rapid tour through key recent developments in the world of occupational heat health.

Held on 29 July 2020, the dialogue consisted of updates from a panel of three experts and practitioners on the state of the science, new research outcomes into often overlooked worker populations, and practical interventions into occupational heat health in Europe, Central America and Vietnam. The presentations were followed by a facilitated panel discussion.

Reporting on the dialogue from Thomson Reuters Foundation:
As workers sweat, pressure grows on employers to turn down the heat


Jason Lee, National University of Singapore

Elspeth Oppermann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

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Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Megan Rowling is a journalist for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, covering the latest developments in humanitarian crises, aid, climate change, governance and women’s rights. She specialises in the impacts of climate change on developing countries, and solutions to this growing problem, including disaster risk reduction and climate finance.


Tahmina Karimova
International Labour Organization

Tahmina Karimova is a lawyer specialised in public international law, sustainable development, labour law and human rights law. She joined the Research Department in 2017; prior to that, she was the ILO National Coordinator for Tajikistan and a Project Coordinator for the ILO IPEC in Central Asia. From 2014 to 2017, Tahmina worked as a Human Rights Officer in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She holds a PhD in International Law from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Andreas Flouris
University of Thessaly, Greece

Andreas Flouris is an Associate Professor at the University of Thessaly, in Greece, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the Founder and Director of FAME Lab [(F)unctional (A)rchitecture of (M)ammals in their (E)nvironment], a research unit of 16 full-time researchers investigating the health and performance effects of environmental factors, with a particular focus on the impacts of heat. Dr. Flouris is a Coordinator or Partner in a series of large international projects in Europe and North America and he has published widely on the effects of different environmental factors on human health, productivity, and performance. He is currently participating in several Working Groups tasked to develop prevention measures to reduce the impacts of environmental factors for workers, athletes, and the general population, including the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, and the Greek Ministry of Labour.

Jerome Faucet
German Red Cross, Vietnam

Mr Jerome Faucet works for the German Red Cross and is the Head of Project Office in Vietnam. He has more than 12 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, mainly focusing on Disaster Management / DRR programming, Climate Change Adaptation and since 2018 on the impacts of heatwaves on vulnerable groups living in urban contexts. He has directly managed projects and strengthened local partners’ capacities in Bangladesh, the Philippines, Vanuatu, Vietnam and has provided technical support to the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of projects in SE Asia, the Pacific and Africa. In the last 7 years he has enjoyed working in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (RCRC) with the German and French Red Crosses during which he has strengthened collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders at Regional, national and local levels such as with other RCRC partners, UN agencies, Government Bodies, INGOs consortium, Humanitarian steering groups, Universities and community representatives. He holds a Msc in Environment and Development from the University of Reading, School of Agriculture Policy and Development (UK). He is married and has one son and one daughter.