04/11/23: Protecting Workers from the Dangers of Heat: Evidence-based Approaches to Heat Stress Management

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

9 - 10 AM HST | 12 - 1 PM PT | 2 - 3 PM CT | 3 - 4 PM ET

Photo of Margaret Morrissey

About the webinar:

This webinar will review the latest information on occupational heat stress and evidence-based approaches to building an effective heat stress management plan. Learners will explore topics including physiological monitoring for heat strain, environmental monitoring, heat safety education, and emergency action plans and procedures for heat-related illnesses. Dr. Morrissey will also discuss common misconceptions and appropriate strategies for heat stress management.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss how to design a comprehensive, evidence-based heat stress management plan tailored to their work environment

  • Identify key steps to selecting the right wearable devices, safety thresholds, and physiological metrics for assessment

  • Discuss effective prevention strategies to reduce the risk of heat-related illness and injury

  • Review and apply the appropriate steps when a worker is having an exertional heat stroke

Speaker: Margaret Morrissey, PhD

Dr. Margaret Morrissey is the Director of Occupational Safety at the Korey Stringer Institute and President of the Heat Safety and Performance Coalition (HSPC), a new division of the Korey Stringer Institute. Recently, Dr. Morrissey has led a 51- expert roundtable on occupational heat safety, which resulted in a heat safety consensus document with 40 recommendations to protect the health and safety of workers. She has also been invited to speak about heat safety at many safety events and conferences such as NSC, VPPPA, AIHce, and NIHHIS. She currently serves as the secretary of the thermal stress working group at American Industrial Hygienist Association and a subcommittee member of the American Society of Safety Professionals A10.50 heat stress construction voluntary standard. She was asked to serve on the Gatorade Sports Science Institute Expert Panel on Physically Demanding Occupations. She has consulted with numerous organizations and companies to improve their heat stress management plan.


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 Contact Hour. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12983, for 1.0 contact hours.

Certificates of Completion

Certificates of Completion will be available to webinar participants who are present for the complete, live webinar, and logged in with their registered email address. Call-in attendees are not eligible for certificates at this time - Please download the Zoom app to log in via email on your smartphone whenever possible.

In order to recieve your Certificate of Completion, qualified learners must complete the post-webinar evaluation within 7 days of the webinar. A link to the evaluation will be emailed to qualified learners 24 hours after the webinar via no-reply@zoom.us. Qualified learners who submit their evaluation will receive a Certificate of Completion via email, and can also print/save the certificate from their browser after submitting their evaluation.

If you're not able to attend the live presentation, no problem! We record most presentations and will host them on our website provided we have permission to do so. Presentation recordings are not eligible for Certificates of Completion.

New York-New Jersey Education and Research Center (NYNJERC)

About New York-New Jersey Occupational Safety & Health Center:

The New York-New Jersey Education and Research Center is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-sponsored Educational and Research Centers (ERCs) located at universities throughout the United States.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Michelle Meyer at (510) 642-8365 or mmeyer@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.