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Table 1 Perceptions of workplace heat exposure: prevalence estimates and 95 % CI by different subgroups

From: Workers’ perceptions of climate change related extreme heat exposure in South Australia: a cross-sectional survey

Independent variable n % Concern for extreme heat % (95 % CI) Positive attitude for more training % (95 % CI) Positive attitude for more regulation % (95 % CI) Positive attitude for adjusting work habits % (95 % CI) Satisfaction degree for preventive measures % (95 % CI)
Total 749 100 51.2 (50.0–57.4) 56.3 (50.1–61.9) 63.8 (57.3–69.9) 68.8 (63.4–73.7) 51.4 (42.6–60.0)
Gender
 Male 719 96.0 51.1 (44.7–57.5) 56.5 (51.1–61.7) 64.1 (57.5–70.2) 69.2 (63.9–74.0) 50.9 (42.3–59.5)
 Female 30 4.0 53.3 (34.1–71.6) 53.3 (28.9–76.3) 56.7 (37.7–78.9) 60.0 (40.5–76.8) 62.1 (39.8–80.2)
Age group
 ≤24 401 53.5 44.0 (38.5–49.6) 50.0 (43.1–56.9) 66.9 (58.7–74.3) 66.4 (59.2–73.0) 42.0 (35.6–48.7)
 25–34 101 13.5 58.5 (48.9–67.5) 63.5 (56.4–70.1) 74.0 (63.8–82.0) 76.3 (64.0–85.5) 44.1 (31.7–57.3)
 35–54 161 21.5 63.5 (48.3–76.4) 66.7 (53.2–77.9) 59.0 (48.2–69.0) 73.7 (63.2–82.1) 68.8 (58.1–77.9)
55 86 11.5 59.8 (44.3–73.5) 64.6 (46.5–79.4) 48.8 (37.2–60.5) 65.9 (51.3–78.0) 70.9 (55.7–82.5)
Education level
 High school 384 51.3 46.8 (40.7–53.0) 53.4 (46.6–60.1) 66.2 (58.4–73.2) 67.6 (60.5–73.9) 46.4 (37.1–55.9)
 Trade certificate 319 42.6 56.1 (48.5–63.3) 58.7 (52.6–64.5) 64.0 (56.7–70.7) 69.8 (63.5–75.4) 51.8 (42.0–61.5)
 University degree 46 6.1 53.3 (43.4–63.0) 62.2 (49.3–73.6) 42.2 (24.1–62.7) 73.3 (52.8–87.1) 86.7 (71.9–94.3)
Occupation
 Tradespersons and related workers 548 73.2 50.5 (44.5–56.4) 55.1 (49.5–60.6) 66.7 (59.9–72.8) 70.0 (65.3–74.4) 46.6 (38.5–55.0)
 Clerical and administrative workers 30 4.0 40.0 (19.8–64.2) 70.0 (28.1–93.3) 46.7 (21.6–73.6) 66.7 (36.6–87.4) 86.2 (64.8–95.5)
 Machinery operators and drivers 55 7.3 65.5 (32.1–88.4) 58.2 (27.8–83.4) 61.8 (36.9–81.7) 54.6 (42.9–65.7) 63.6 (42.7–80.4)
 Labourers and related workers 43 5.7 51.2 (32.5–69.5) 55.8 (47.7–63.7) 62.8 (38.3–82.1) 69.8 (54.4–81.7) 45.2 (30.0–61.4)
 Full-time TAFE students 44 5.9 40.9 (21.0–79.0) 54.6 (39.6–68.7) 59.1 (48.3–69.1) 67.4 (53.4–78.9) 56.1 (35.6–74.7)
 Professionals 16 2.1 81.3 (62.0–92.0) 68.8 (30.0–91.9) 37.5 (15.7–65.9) 81.3 (53.1–94.3) 87.5 (51.5–97.9)
 Other 13 1.7 46.2 (17.2–77.9) 61.5 (24.9–88.5) 46.2 (16.7–78.6) 69.2 (37.7–89.3) 76.9 (34.1–95.6)
Industry
 Agriculture, forestry & fishing 15 2.0 50.0 (24.4–75.6) 62.5 (41.3–79.8) 66.7 (49.4–80.4) 58.3 (37.2–76.8) 69.6 (51.6–83.0)
 Mining 109 14.6 57.0 (45.5–67.8) 51.3 (35.2–67.2) 59.1 (38.4–77.0) 67.3 (44.9–83.8) 59.5 (32.6–81.7)
 Manufacturing 206 27.5 44.2 (37.9–50.8) 49.5 (32.5–66.7) 67.5 (45.7–83.6) 66.7 (48.7–80.8) 36.4 (25.8–48.6)
 Construction 278 37.1 52.4 (38.8–65.6) 58.8 (51.6–65.6) 67.0 (59.5–73.8) 69.3 (63.9–74.3) 50.2 (43.2–57.2)
 Electricity, gas & water 98 13.1 57.6 (33.3–78.7) 67.9 (60.7–74.4) 52.8 (43.4–62.1) 75.5 (64.4–84.0) 71.7 (43.8–89.2)
 Other 43 5.7 38.5 (9.4–78.9) 53.9 (28.8–77.1) 61.5 (23.8–89.1) 69.2 (35.6–90.1) 46.2 (12.8–83.3)
Workplace environment
 Completely indoors 59 7.9 45.7 (37.0–54.8) 74.6 (57.5–86.4) 71.2 (53.9–83.9) 69.0 (52.1–82.0) 37.3 (21.4–56.5)
 Mainly indoors 282 37.7 44.4 (35.7–53.6) 52.5 (43.0–61.8) 58.5 (48.4–68.0) 68.6 (62.7–74.0) 59.5 (44.6–72.8)
 Completely outdoors 82 10.9 71.6 (55.7–83.5) 63.4 (49.5–75.4) 70.7 (58.6–80.5) 63.8 (46.3–78.2) 44.3 (29.9–59.7)
 Mainly outdoors 300 40.1 53.2 (48.6–58.3) 55.3 (50.0–60.6) 63.7 (57.1–69.7) 68.9 (61.6–75.4) 49.0 (41.5–56.5)
Physically demanding
 Not at all 49 6.5 40.4 (29.3–52.7) 63.8 (38.8–83.1) 51.1 (32.4–69.4) 73.9 (61.8–83.2) 82.6 (69.0–91.0)
 A little 132 17.6 44.5 (35.9–53.5) 53.1 (39.1–66.6) 47.7 (35.5–60.2) 59.8 (47.3–71.2) 70.6 (53.5–83.4)
 Moderately 280 37.4 48.0 (40.3–55.8) 56.1 (50.3–61.8) 64.0 (56.6–70.8) 72.0 (65.4–77.7) 50.9 (44.8–57.0)
 Very much 288 38.5 59.9 (50.7–68.4) 56.6 (50.0–63.1) 72.7 (66.3–78.4) 69.5 (63.9–74.6) 37.8 (30.0–46.5)
Work close to heat sources
 Yes 285 38.1 52.4 (46.7–58.0) 56.8 (49.9–63.4) 67.0 (59.1–74.0) 69.8 (64.9–74.2) 44.8 (35.6–54.4)
 No 464 61.9 49.3 (39.8–58.8) 56.5 (46.5–66.0) 59.3 (50.8–67.3) 68.4 (60.1–75.6) 61.7 (50.5–71.7)
Use of personal protective equipment
 Yes 508 67.8 55.8 (49.7–61.8) 58.0 (52.4–63.3) 64.2 (58.0–70.0) 69.9 (64.4–74.8) 50.1 (40.5–59.7)
 No 241 32.2 41.4 (34.0–49.4) 52.9 (45.0–60.7) 62.9 (49.7–74.5) 66.5 (58.1–74.0) 54.1 (40.7–66.9)
Heat illness experience
 Yes 279 37.2 62.4 (52.2–71.5) 65.2 (56.8–72.8) 70.3 (62.9–76.7) 73.9 (67.8–79.2) 38.5 (30.6–47.0)
 No 470 62.8 44.5 (39.5–49.6) 51.4 (44.2–58.5) 60.4 (52.9–67.4) 66.1 (60.1–71.6) 59.0 (48.2–69.1)
Heat-related injury experience
 Yes 194 25.9 67.0 (57.0–75.7) 65.0 (57.0–72.1) 72.2 (60.6–81.4) 71.2 (62.7–78.4) 29.5 (23.5–36.2)
 No 555 74.1 45.6 (39.9–51.5) 53.3 (47.5–59.1) 60.9 (54.0–67.4) 68.0 (62.5–73.0) 59.0 (48.8–68.5)