Dr. Thomas Bernard, chair of Environmental and Occupational Health at the USF College of Public Health, delivered the keynote message at a heat stress symposium in Sohar, Oman, the last week of April.
The manifold purpose of the symposium was to share information on current heat stress prevention and management programs followed in various industries; to propose a model for heat stress prevention, mitigation, monitoring and management; to introduce the concept of using heat stress indices in heat stress management; and to facilitate exchange of technical information on heat stress management protocols. The focus was on Sohar Aluminum, a major manufacturing firm in Oman.
Bernard’s primary teaching assignments support the occupational safety and health program in the department of Environmental and Occupational Health. His research foci include ergonomics and the evaluation and control of heat stress and strain. He has been at COPH since 1989.