Assessing Heat Stress Associated Changes

in Postural Balance Among Firefighters

University of Cincinnati ERC (UC ERC)

July 17, 2019 Presented By:  Amit Bhattacharya, PhD, CPE

Webinar Resources


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Risk factors associated with live fire training: Buildup of heat stress and fatigue, recovery and role of micro-breaks 

Webinar Details


During this webinar, learners will explore real-time monitoring of heat stress / strain among firefighters during live firefighting incidents through the use of wearable and ingestible sensors. Dr. Bhattacharya will describe his research in assessing heat stress associated changes in postural balance, occupations at risk of developing hyperthermia, prediction of hyperthermia among firefighters, and controlling heat stress. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe real-time monitoring of functional outcomes of firefighters with wearable and ingestible sensors during and after live firefighting

  • Describe the magnitude of work-related risks for firefighters

  • Identify occupations at risk of developing hyperthermia

  • Describe how to predict hyperthermia among firefighters, and how to control heat stress


Amit Bhattacharya, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Throughout his 25+ year career, Dr. Bhattacharya’s sponsored research activities have involved approaching “real world” human health issues by bringing together multidisciplinary teams of researchers to delve deep into understanding disease mechanisms. This has included providing new knowledge for early detection of degenerative skeletal disorders and neurodegenerative disorders associated with exposure to low level neurotoxins. His current research includes wearable and ingestible sensors for real-time assessment of heat stress/strain among firefighters during live firefighting incidents; a fMRI study to determine the effect of hyperthermia on motor and cognitive functions; the impact of environmental toxicants (e.g. Mn) on the human neuromuscular system and susceptibility of developing degenerative skeletal disorder (e.g. Pb induced osteoporosis); and the design, development, and application of Nano-sensors/BIOMEMS technology for early detection of neurodegenerative (e.g. Parkinson’s disease) and degenerative skeletal disorders (e.g. osteoporosis).

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