Increasing Self-Efficacy to Support the Health and Resiliency of Texas Workers in Extreme Heat and Cold Environments




Kisi, Krishna
Vasallo, Johnny
Pokharel, Manusheela

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Heat stress and cold stress are two common forms of environmental stressors that can adversely affect workers' health and productivity. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (2023), approximately 279 people died in 2022 due to Texas’ rising exposure to extreme heat. Heat stress can negatively affect cognitive performance, impairing decision-making, reducing attention span, and decreasing memory (Parsons 2014). To navigate the concerns of occupational safety in extreme temperatures, this study adopts Badura’s (1977) self-efficacy model, a theoretical framework that establishes the concept of self-efficacy as the central role when interpreting and analyzing changes derived from avoidant and fearful behaviors. RESEARCH OBJECTIVES: Determine how extreme temperature training influences workers' self-efficacy and proactive behaviors in responding to heat and cold stress conditions. Explore how incorporating multicultural messaging into training programs affects engagement, self-efficacy, and behavioral intentions among workers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Determine the effects of information sharing on enhancing workplace safety, reducing incidents, and fostering a culture of safety within organizations.



Texas workers, resiliency, extreme heat, environment


Kisi, K., Vasallo, J., & Pokharel, M. (2024). Increasing self-efficacy to support the health and resiliency of Texas workers in extreme heat and cold environments. Poster presented at the Health Scholar Showcase, Translational Health Research Center, San Marcos, Texas.


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