The Use of Physiological Monitoring to Assess Heat Strain Webinar Recording

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2024 - Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2024
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

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The integration of wearable physiological monitoring devices into heat stress management plans has emerged as an innovative solution to evaluate heat strain. Evaluating heat strain of individual workers can provide real-time, continuous data to allow health and safety decisions to be made based on workers’ physiological responses in conjunction with other heat stress mitigation strategies.

The webinar will provide an overview of the benefits and limitations of physiological monitoring, metric and device selection considerations, and data integration and interpretation.

Please note: The original webinar description included a reference to introducing attendees to the AIHA White Paper on Physiological Monitoring to Assess Heat Strain. As this White Paper has not yet been published, we will need to schedule another webinar at a later date to give learners a full overview of that document. This webinar will focus on our presenter's research on physiological monitoring. We apologize for any confusion.

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the physiological effects of working in the heat.
  • Outline the benefits and limitations of using physiological monitoring to assess heat strain.
  • Identify metrics (variables) to consider when evaluating heat strain, safety outcomes, and behavioral changes.
  • Outline the roles and responsibilities of an assessment team to effectively develop, implement, and adjust a physiological monitoring program into a heat stress management plan.


    Gabrielle Brewer
    Gabrielle Brewer is the Director of Occupational Safety for the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut where she is completing her PhD. She received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and her master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gabrielle’s research in exercise physiology focuses on heat mitigation strategies such as heat acclimation, hydration, and dietary interventions to improve safety, performance, and productivity in laborers, warfighters, and athletes. She serves as president of the Heat Safety and Performance Coalition, a division of the Korey Stringer Institute dedicated to developing and implementing heat safety solutions to keep workers safe, and she is a member of AIHA’s Thermal Stress Working Group.