IMPACT OF ADVERSE CLIMATIC CONDITIONS ON WORKERS’ PRODUCTIVITY: A CASE STUDY IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
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The purpose of this research project is to determine if a relationship exists in worker productivity and certain predictor loss factors using ambient temperature and relative humidity of an unconditioned facility in a hot and humid climate. Collecting, analyzing and correlating climatic and production data was used to analyze if productivity loss does occur due to adverse climatic conditions. Understanding this loss and applying it to the profitability of organizations in similar climates, can assist in determining necessary engineering controls to lower the loss and provide workers an environment to produce effectively. A manufacturing facility in the southern U.S. was case studied by analyzing available climatic data of temperature and relative humidity from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the local area and comparing the data to an acceptable standard for human comfort. During this same time frame, daily production data was collected and analyzed. This included actual output from an individual press line, measured in pounds of production and production uptime measured in minutes and converted to a percent of the total daily available production time. Calculations, including correlations, were performed to determine losses or gains created by relating the daily climatic conditions and press uptime to the daily production for two production months, June and November 2017. The research questions were addressed by accepting or rejecting the hypothesis using correlation calculations. Conclusions and recommendations are presented to improving existing conditions and to further study the impact of adverse climatic conditions on productivity.