Occupational Heat Stress & Strain


Join us on Friday, June 20th as we learn key elements of an effective heat stress prevention program.  Exposure to extreme heat and humidity can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Prevention of heat stress in workers through an understanding of the risk factors, the physiological response of the body to heat and humidity and various controls are vital.  Learn assessment tools and strategies to help combat stress stain/stress. 

This workshop will be presented by Thomas E. Bernard, PhD, CIH, Professor and Chair for the Environmental & Occupational Health Department at the University of South Florida.  Tom is also the Center Director for the Sunshine Education & Research Center at the University of South Florida. 

 Tom will present on his investigations on the effects of protective clothing on the level of heat stress, and on the benefits of personal cooling systems. He will also discuss:

  • Applications of alternative methods of heat stress evaluation in work environments based on heat balance analysis techniques,
  • Assessment of physiological strain, and
  • Implementation of integrated programs of heat stress management.

Thomas E. Bernard, PhD, CIH, has been recognized by the safety and health community as an advocate of worker health and safety through his work in heat stress prevention, ergonomics and his commitment to developing the next generation of safety and health practitioners.  This is an incredible opportunity to learn from Tom’s experiences and research in safety and health.


Information: This  program is being offered through a collaborative spirit with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers (ERCs)  at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University and the University of South Florida.  The workshop will be held at the Ryals Public Health Building, 1665 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL, from 9:00 am until 1:30 pm with registration beginning at 8:00 am.  Continental breakfast and a light lunch will be provided. 

Parking: Limited parking is available at the UAB 9th Avenue Parking deck.  Additional information will be provided in your confirmation letter.

Professional Points: The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety is an approved provider of continuing education units for nurses by the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider #ABNP0420, expires 1/03/2015) and has awarded 4.0 contact hours.
Please contact us at dsc@uab.edu or 205.934.7178 for more information on this workshop.

Registration fee of $40 must be received in advance.  This includes instructional and referencematerials. A confirmation letter with details will be sent once registration has been received.  Make checks payable to University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Cancellation Policy:  If the workshop is cancelled, the Deep South Center for OH&S cannot be held responsible for travel expenses.  Refund requests must be made in writing 2 weeks prior to course.  A 20% processing fee will be deducted.

About the Sponsors....

Membership in the Alabama AIHA provides you with a wide range of networking opportunities in the occupational health and safety field, including; networking with other OEHS professionals in your region, sharpening your skills with professional development opportunities, and making key contacts and interact with local allied groups, and Learning or exchanging best practices.


The Sunshine Education and Research Center is dedicated to training professionals on how to treat and prevent occupational illnesses, why illness occur in the workplace, and how to make the workplace a safer environment. An Interdisciplinary approach is taken when training these graduate students.

The Deep South Center is a NIOSH funded Education and Research Center serving the Southeast region and is a critical resource to business, labor and industry in preventing work-related injury and illness.