Press Release

ACGIH® Presents Thermal Stress: Exploring Common Problems Webinar



Cincinnati, Ohio — September 1, 2010 — ACGIH® will present the Thermal Stress: Exploring Common Problems webinar on October 27, 2010 at the following times:

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Central Time)
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Thermal stress is the combination of environment, work demands, and clothing that increases the risk for thermal disorders. Thus, there are many variables that can affect a worker's exposure to thermal stress. The TLV® for Heat Stress and Strain has undergone major changes in the past 10 years and the TLV® for Cold Stress is currently under review for future changes. This webinar will update OH&S professionals on the rationale of the Heat Stress and Strain TLV® and present information on control alternatives such as work/rest cycles and short-term exposure times. The webinar will also address the Cold Stress TLV® and discuss hazards such as local tissue damage and hypothermia. The risk factors for these hazards will be presented along with suggested exposure limits.

The interactive nature of this webinar will allow attendees to submit their problem(s)/
question(s) via email up to two weeks prior to the event. Problems/questions will be
reviewed during the live webinar.

After participating in this webinar, attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • How the Heat Stress and Strain TLV® was developed
  • How cold stress represents a workplace hazard
  • What the minimal protective practices are (e.g., general controls)
  • How to manage potential sources of thermal stress
  • How to determine the appropriate controls to use in thermal stress situations

ACGIH® is pleased to offer webinar attendees an audio option. U.S. and Canadian attendees can connect to the audio portion of the webinar via the toll-free audio telephone link or listen to the audio portion through an audio stream directly through their computer. Other international participants can listen via the audio stream without incurring additional telephone charges.

Thomas E. Bernard, PhD, CIH will present this webinar.

Thomas E. Bernard, PhD, CIH is a professor at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health. During his 21 years with USF, he has contributed to the teaching of industrial hygiene and safety, and he has pursued his research interests in heat stress and strain and in ergonomics. Dr. Bernard is the past Chair of the ACGIH® Threshold Limit Values for Physical Agents (TLV-PA®) Committee. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in mechanical engineering and received his PhD in occupational health from the University of Pittsburgh.

This webinar is pending approval by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) for .42 ABIH (IH) Certification Maintenance (CM) Point. This webinar qualifies for .15 BCSP (SP) Continuance of Certification (COC) Point for Certified Safety Professionals. Participants seeking confirmation of attendance for the webinar from ACGIH® must attend the live webinar or view the archive and submit a final exam and evaluation. Certificates of Completion will be issued in a timely manner after receipt and completion of these items.

For more detailed information about the Thermal Stress: Exploring Common Problems webinar, contact Tammy Vanderbilt at or 513-742-2020.

To register for this exciting event, visit the ACGIH® website at

ACGIH® is a member-based organization that advances occupational and environmental health. ACGIH® is one of the industry's leading publications resources, with approximately 400 titles relative to occupational and environmental health and safety, including the renowned TLVs® and BEIs®. For more information, visit the ACGIH® website at or call our Customer Service Representatives at 513-742-2020.


Amy B. Bloomhuff, Esq., CAE
Associate Executive Director