Heat Stress Prevention

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS) conducts research on important topics related to health and safety in the agriculture, fisheries, and forestry (AFF) sector. The center also conducts safety training and serves as a repository for related training programs throughout the Southeast region. This page focuses on resources related to heat stress and heat-related illness. Please visit this page frequently to find new information on this topic.

Following are links to relevant training programs or Educational Resources on this topic.

The network of universities and cooperative extension services working on education and research in agriculture, fishing, and forestry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, has offices and extension agents focused on occupational safety. Below are Extension agents and specialists and other professionals who conduct training on this topic.

Venancio “Veny” Marti
Worker Protection Standard, Heat Stress
Vice President of Operations/President
Martex Farms

Research Publications

Following is a list of research publications on this topic.

2015. Ashley, C. D., Ferron, J., & Bernard, T. E. Loss of Heat Acclimation and Time to Re-establish Acclimation. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 12(5), 302–308. https://doi.org/10.1080/15459624.2014.987387

2015. Bernard, T. E., & Iheanacho, I. Heat index and adjusted temperature as surrogates for wet bulb globe temperature to screen for occupational heat stress. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 12(5), 323–333. https://doi.org/10.1080/15459624.2014.989365

2014. Runkle, J., Culley, J., Economos, J., Mac, V., Tovar, J. A., Flocks, J. J., & McCauley, L. Participatory Educational Intervention to Address Heat, Ergonomic Stress, and Pesticide Exposure as Workplace Hazards for Female Farmworkers in Central Florida. Journal of Agromedicine, 19(2), 235–235. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2014.892448

2013. Flocks, J., Vi Thien Mac, V., Runkle, J., Tovar-Aguilar, J. A., Economos, J., & McCauley, L. A. Female Farmworkers’ Perceptions of Heat-Related Illness and Pregnancy Health. Journal of Agromedicine, 18(4), 350–358. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2013.826607

2010. Bernard, T., Ashley, C., Trentacosta, J., Kapur, V., & Tew, S. Critical heat stress evaluation of clothing ensembles with different levels of porosity. Ergonomics, 53(8), 1048–1058. https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2010.494736

2010. Jackson, L. L., & Rosenberg, H. R. Preventing heat-related illness among agricultural workers. Journal of Agromedicine, 15(3), 200–215. https://doi.org/10.1080/1059924X.2010.487021

2008. Ashley, C. D., Luecke, C. L., Schwartz, S. S., Islam, M. Z., & Bernard, T. E. Heat strain at the critical WBGT and the effects of gender, clothing and metabolic rate. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 38(7–8), 640–644. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ergon.2008.01.017

2008. Bernard, T. E., Caravello, V., Schwartz, S. W., & Ashley, C. D. WBGT clothing adjustment factors for four clothing ensembles and the effects of metabolic demands. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 5(1), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1080/15459620701732355

2008. Caravello, V., McCullough, E. A., Ashley, C. D., & Bernard, T. E. Apparent evaporative resistance at critical conditions for five clothing ensembles. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 104(2), 361–367. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-007-0655-9

2006. Gonzalez, N. W., Bernard, T. E., Carroll, N. L., Bryner, M. a, & Zeigler, J. P. Maximum sustainable work rate for five protective clothing ensembles with respect to moisture vapor transmission rate and air permeability. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 3(2), 80–6. https://doi.org/10.1080/15459620500498133

2005. Bernard, T. E., Luecke, C. L., Schwartz, S. W., Kirkland, K. S., & Ashley, C. D. WBGT clothing adjustments for four clothing ensembles under three relative humidity levels. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2(5), 251–256. https://doi.org/10.1080/15459620590934224