The study of peoples performance in their working and non-working environment is what is termed as human factors. There are varieties of factors that affect the performance of human beings. In this piece of work we are going to look at the physical environmental factors that affect human performance in the hottest part of the day during summer.
According to Canadian center for occupational health and safety (1997-2018), due to high temperature during summer, human beings experience adverse rise in body temperatures. These causes the body to warm up hence resulting into increase in sweat production, therefore the rate of heat loss is increased by the body to balance the heat burden. From these, there is a constant rise in body temperature resulting into heat illness. This may cause increased irritability, loss of concentration, inability to do skilled tasks and heavy tasks, thus affecting performance.
As argued by Hopkin, V. D. et al (2016). It is evident that it takes a commitment to address some of these physical environmental factors affecting human production. This can be either to accommodate or change the physical environment. To accommodate the physical environment, it is essential to install coolers which will reduce the environmental temperature hence impacting positively on the body performance. On the other hand, changing the physical environment may include building a shade. Shade prevents the direct exposure to the sun, which will reduce the heat levels hence providing an effective working environment. It is important to acknowledge the existence of human factors affecting performance and come up with ways to control their influence on productivity.
Introduction The study of peoples performance in their working and non-working environment is what is termed as human factors