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Aluminet: A Potential Intervention for Heat-Related Illness among Construction Workers

This recorded webinar presents the results of a recent study conducted by a team of Deep South Center affiliated faculty to evaluate the efficacy of a new form of personal protective equipment, reflective Aluminet vests, intended to reduce exposure to environmental heat stress and associated heat-related illness among construction workers. The work described in the presentation was supported by CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training, through National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) cooperative agreement OH009762. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CPWR, the Deep South Center, or NIOSH.

The team of researchers was led by Dr. Mark C. Schall, Jr., PhD, CPE, an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University and Deputy Director of the Occupational Safety and Ergonomics program in the Deep South Center. Dr. Schall’s primary research interests are in applying direct measurement technologies to assess exposure to risk factors associated with musculoskeletal health outcomes and developing ergonomic interventions that reduce the incidence of adverse health conditions among working people. He has conducted research in a wide variety of domains including agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, and national defense.