The January 2014 Arctic Frontiers Conference saw Professor Hannu Rintamäki of Finland’s University of Oulu and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health give a presentation on work and well-being in frigid temperatures.
But humans evolved as tropical animals and our thermal comfort zones are still controlled by that history. “Humans come from the tropics,” the Finnish professor reminds us, which explains why we do what we can to maintain a tropical microclimate in our dwellings, at work, in cars and beneath our clothes when outdoors.
- To be comfortable in water, we require a water temperature of 33° C.
- Our optimal air temperature on land when at rest is 27° C.
- The safest day temperature for people in the Mediterranean Region is 24° C, whereas the safest day temperature for Finns is 14° C.
- The safe limit for working in the cold is -10° C, while to avoid hypothermia when…
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