Health know-how and cold protection include themes such as accessibility, people in cold climate, mental security in extraordinary circumstances, and accident prevention.
In the tourism sector, the Health and cold protection research theme is an essential part of personal safety and well-being. This is emphasized in all activity in Lapland, regardless of whether it involves tourists, the sector’s employees, or people living in the tourism area.
The Lapland Hospital District has gathered a large volume of data on tourism and leisure-time accidents. The University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre is studying thermal regulation responses and safety in winter tourism services. In addition, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has examined snowmobile users’ reactions to the cold, clothing and equipment needs in abnormal circumstances, and geographical positioning applications that makes use of wearable technology. Kemi-Tornionlaakso Education Consortium Lappia is one of the actors in the project coordinated by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.