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Monitor Thermal Stress EO 007.02. References Travellers Health, 4 th Edition CF General Safety Manual, Volume 2, Ch 39 CCOHS - Working in Hot Environments,

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1 Monitor Thermal Stress EO

2 References Travellers Health, 4 th Edition CF General Safety Manual, Volume 2, Ch 39 CCOHS - Working in Hot Environments, 2 nd Edition DAOD Heat Stress (CFAO 34-47) CF H Svcs Gp PG Heat Stress CF Heat Stress Pamphlet

3 Effects of Climatic Extremes Humans are very adaptable provided they are properly prepared: -equipment -acclimatized -proper, effective PPE and clothing

4 Environmental Conditions Temperature Wind Speed Moisture Radiation

5 Environmental Conditions Temperature: The termoneutral zone for an adult, that is the temperature at which an adult at rest lying on a hammock in the shade wearing scanty clothing, neither gains nor loses heat, is 28°C.

6 Temperature above 28°C, or any form of exertion at a temperature near to this value, mean that the body must actively lose heat to maintain a normal core temperature. Environmental Conditions

7 Wind speed in the heat is acceptable as it evaporates sweat and keeps a person cooler. Wind chill in the cold is the opposite and cools too fast.

8 Environmental Conditions Moisture: Water has appro 30 times the thermal conductivity of air and moist air conducts heat much more rapidly than dry air. Humid environments are less comfortable than dry conditions.

9 Environmental Conditions Radiation: Obvious difference in temp from direct sunlight and shaded temp. Less obvious in high altitude where the atmosphere has less chance to attenuate the sunlight. These are all factors in the WBGT heat index used to determine work rest cycles.

10 Climatic Types Four Main Types: Hot and Dry Hot and Wet Cold and Dry Cold and Wet

11 Climatic Types Hot and Dry Deserts have low humidity, little rain, scanty vegetation, cloudless skies intense sunshine, and winds that vary from light breezes to violent storms.

12 Hot and Dry At night, clear skies allow rapid heat loss to space by radiation and convection, so there can be heavy dews and occasional frost.

13 Climatic Types Hot and Wet Abundant moisture, frequent cloud cover, and shade from tree canopy combine to maintain the temperature at a fairly constant level throughout the year with little variation between day and night.

14 Climatic Types Cold and Dry In polar areas shade temperature rarely, if ever, rises above freezing. Much of the land is covered with snow and ice. If the skies are clear there will be brilliant summer sunshine and a lot of radiant heat.

15 Climatic Types Cold and Wet Temperate Climates – North America, Western Europe etc. Air Temps between 15 °C and -2 °C are comfortable when dry, but can be hazardous when combined with wind. (Winnipeg for example.)

16 Body Temp and Control Homeostasis: Maintain a bodys core temp at 37°C (+/ -) 0.5°C Core temp can fall when heat loss is greater than heat generation Controlled by heat production and heat transfer methods

17 Body Temp and Control Heat Production generated through metabolism Examples of heat production - exercise, involuntary shivering

18 Body Temp and Control Heat Transfer from hot to cool body to environment and vice versa 4 main methods radiation, conduction, convection and evaporation

19 Body Temp and Control Radiation all objects radiate heat in the form of electromagnetic waves. Can be seen with infrared cameras. In the outside environment (cold) we will radiate heat and cool down.

20 Body Temp and Control Conduction transfer of heat by direct contact ie touching metal objects in the winter. Metals and water conduct heat away rapidly.

21 Body Temp and Control Convection transport of heat by motion of warmed gases and liquids. Clothing will help reduce the effects of convection on the body.

22 Body Temp and Control Evaporation if the skin surface is wet, the evaporation of water will cool the skin (sweating). If body temp high, sweat good. If cold, this is bad and it may cool down too rapidly. modified by: activity, shelter, clothing and technological aids

23 Occupational Exposure to Cold Single most important aspect of life- threatening hypothermia is the fall in the deep core temperature of the body Deep core temperature should not fall below 36 o C Pain in the extremities may be the first early warning of danger to cold stress

24 Occupational Exposure to Cold Evaluation and Control Includes protection/prevention against exposed skin and total body cooling for dry and wet conditions Regulations and recommendations are based on outdoor environmental factors ( ie temperatures and wind chill)

25 Occupational Exposure o Cold Work-Warming Regimen Below 7 o C shelters should be available and encouraged to use frequently especially with signs of frostbite/frostnip Warm, sweet drinks to help prevent dehydration and cooling Buddy system, periodic breaks and warming, clothing, and observation

26 Occupational Exposure to Cold Workplace Recommendations Special caution required when dealing with the cold and: -vibration -toxic substances -snow and ice (eyes) -predisposed personnel -wind chill

27 Occupational Exposure to Cold Progressive clinical presentation of hypothermia: General Safety Program Chapter 39 page 39C-7 Appendix A Table 1

28 Occupational Exposure to Cold Cooling power of wind on exposed flesh expressed as equivalent temperature: General Safety Program Chapter 39 page 39C-8 Appendix B Table 2

29 Occupational Exposure to Cold TLVs work / warm-up schedule for four hour work shift General Safety Program Chapter 39 page 39C-9 Appendix C Table 3

30 Effects of Extreme Cold operational needs require some employees to work outdoors in conditions of extreme cold. it is important to know how to prevent these effects from occurring, and how to deal with the effects before medical help can be reached.

31 Effects of Extreme Cold Frostbite: –Destruction of body tissues, usually in the face, hands or feet, by freezing –Circulation of blood in the tissue is slowed, then stopped –The skin appears a waxy white and becomes numb –Can lead to destruction of tissue and loss of fingers or toes

32 Effects of Extreme Cold Hypothermia: –Lowering of body temperature due to the prolonged exposure to cold –Heat is lost from the body faster than it can be generated by metabolic activity –Gradual deterioration of body function leading eventually to loss of consciousness and death

33 Effects of Extreme Cold Trench foot: –Local cooling of the feet –Usually in cold, damp or even wet conditions, and can occur under conditions less cold than those producing frostbite

34 Effects of Extreme Cold Clothing – most important factor is LAYERS!! –maintain layers of warm air around the body –be worn in a number of layers, so that one or more items of clothing can be discarded when doing heavy work –outer layer should be wind-proof

35 Effects of Extreme Cold Clothing gloves should also be in layers, again with a wind-proof outer layer. Mitts are warmest, but a pair of gloves should be carried for more exacting work –"Mukluk" type footwear is best for the feet, provided that they will not get wet –protection of the head is essential as this is where most heat loss occurs. Face masks may also be needed.

36 Effects of Extreme Cold Keeping dry –wet clothing will conduct heat away from the body –sweating should be avoided by wearing only enough layers of clothing when working hard, and by opening clothing at the neck –dry socks should be put on each morning –snow must be brushed off all clothing before it is put on

37 Effects of Extreme Cold Avoid the wind- Build windbreaks or arrange to work on the lee side of buildings or trees

38 Effects of Extreme Cold Frostbite prevention: –Use buddy system, check each other –Hold his/her bare hand over the affected area to warm it up –Fingers can be warmed by placing the hands close to the body, preferably under the armpits –If feet are frozen, the person should not walk, take the person to warm place, see a doctor

39 Effects of Extreme Cold Hypothermia treatment: –Slow re-warming –Person should be protected from further heat loss by wrapping in blankets and moving to a medical treatment centre –Unconscious patients to be handled very gently –Hot water bottles or other warming devices, should not be more than comfortably warm and not be applied directly to skin

40 Occupational Exposure to Heat Introduction -Based on TLVs where workers can be exposed without adverse effects -Acclimatized, fully clothed, and with proper water and salt intake -WBGT used to monitor

41 Occupational Exposure to Heat Adverse Health Effects Heat related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke HEAT STROKE most serious Pregnant workers more at risk

42 Work-Rest Cycle also known as workload measurements based on heat from the body combined with environmental heat TLVs assume the workplace temperature is similar to the rest place based on an 8hr/day, 5 day/workweek light, medium and heavy loads

43 Work-Rest Cycle General Safety Program Chapter 39 page 39B-2 Table 1

44 Metabolic Rates General Safety Program Chapter 39 page 39B-11 Table 8

45 Acclimatization Clothing: –light summer clothing as customarily worn by workers when working under hot environmental conditions. –if special clothing is required for performing a particular job and this clothing is heavier or it impedes sweat evaporation or has higher insulation value, the workers heat tolerance is reduced

46 Acclimatization Acclimatization and Fitness: –TLVs are valid for acclimated workers who are physically fit –extra caution must be employed when unacclimatized or physically unfit workers must be exposed to heat stress conditions.

47 Acclimatization Heat Acclimatization –heat acclimatization is acquired only gradually, being fully achieved over up to three weeks of continued physical activity under heat stress conditions similar to those anticipated for future work

48 Water/Salt Supplementation Drinking water should be available and close enough to the work area 150 ml every mins and cool o C Advised to use extra salt in food or water sport drinks not actually mentioned

49 Prevention Profuse and prolonged sweating should be eliminated for long-term routine tasks Can produce dehydration and loss of body electrolytes May lead to heat exhaustion or muscle cramps Can also disturb normal cardiovascular functions

50 Prevention Heat stress management must always be the prevention of heat stroke, which is life-threatening and the most serious of the heat-induced disabilities Victims skin is hot and dry, sweating has ceased, and the body temperature may be 40 deg C or higher Immediate emergency care is needed

51 Heat Stress Policy DAOD Heat Stress Policy The WBGT Index has been selected by the CF Advisory Group as the one instrument to be used in describing physiological environments for the CF, and it shall be employed to express environmental heat stress.

52 Responsibility Table Responsibilities (Where heat stress is suspected) a.D Med Svcs will develop documentation and training pertaining to the recognition, prevention and treatment of heat stress. b.Any member/supervisory staff will adopt preventive measures to minimize the risk of heat stress when conducting physical activities in a hot environment.

53 Responsibility Table Every CF or DND employee will take the following action when heat stress is suspected: remove the victim from activity, administer F/A, asses the condition or have it assessed by competent personnel, and take action to avoid further complication.

54 Responsibility Table The Unit PMed Tech will be responsible for measuring the WBGT Index and reporting the results to the Base Surgeon when reading levels exceed a value of 27°C. The Base/Wing/Fleet Surgeon shall report the results to the CO of the Unit and advise him of its effect on personnel, so that preventive measures may be implemented

55 WBGT Use Heat Stress Guidelines: Recognition and Prevention pamphlet

56 Control Measures Engineering Controls -most effective Administrative Controls Personal Protection

57 Control Measures Engineering controls include: –Reducing Metabolic Heat Production (heat produced by the body): minimize the need for heavy physical work and the resulting build up of body heat. –Reducing the Radiant Heat Emission from Hot Surfaces: Covering hot surfaces with sheets of low emissivity material such as aluminum or paint that reduces the amount of heat radiated from this hot surface into the workplace.

58 Control Measures Insulating Hot Surfaces: Insulation reduces the heat exchange between the source of heat and the work environment. Shielding: Shields stop radiated heat from reaching work stations.

59 Control Measures Ventilation and Air Conditioning: Ventilation, localized air conditioning, and cooled observation booths are commonly used to provide cool work stations. Cooled observation booths allow workers to cool down after brief periods of intense heat exposure while still allowing them to monitor equipment. Reducing the Humidity: Air conditioning, dehumidification, and elimination of open hot water baths, drains, and leaky steam valves help reduce humidity.

60 Control Measures Admin Controls include: Acclimatization, work-rest cycles, water/salt, education, and first aid

61 Control Measures Personal Protection Ordinary clothing provides some protection from heat radiated by surrounding hot surfaces. Specially designed heat-protective clothing is available for working in extremely hot conditions. In hot and humid workplaces, light clothing allows maximum skin exposure and efficient body cooling by sweat evaporation.

62 Control Measures Workers who move back and forth between very hot, dry indoor environments and cold winter outdoor environments find that long underwear moderates the extremes in temperatures. Eye protection which absorbs radiation is needed when the work involves very hot objects, such as molten metals and hot ovens.

63 Control Measures Work that requires the wearing of impermeable clothing presents an added heat burden as the clothing reduces the body's ability to dissipate heat. Under such circumstances, it is often necessary to reduce the exposure limit values of WBGT to levels below those appropriate for workers wearing light clothing.

64 WBGT Standards General Guidelines: A WBGT Index reading of 27°C has been designated as the maximum figure for a normal working and living environment to which personnel should be exposed

65 WBGT Standards Readings above 27 C The higher the temperature, the higher the humidity, the greater the physical activity and/or the more critical the task then the shorter the safe exposure time.

66 WBGT Standards WBGT Index reading 27°C °C These are marginal conditions for conducting moderate to severe physical activities or critical tasks. There must be alertness in non-acclimatized personnel.

67 WBGT Standards WBGT Index reading 29.5°C - 31°C Heat stress can be expected in personnel conducting moderate to severe physical activities or critical tasks. These activities should be curtailed as required; particularly for non-acclimatized personnel

68 WBGT Standards WBGT Index reading over 31°C Moderate to severe physical activities or critical tasks should be suspended. Other activities should be curtailed as required.

69 WBGT Standards when the WBGT Index reading is above 29.5 C, every effort should be made to reduce the adverse effects of excessive heat on personnel engaged in moderate to severe physical work or critical tasks (by reducing the time on duty, increasing rest periods, etc.). In addition, medical advice should be requested when potential heat stress situation exists in any operational activity.

70 Conclusion Thermal stress is a common problem, as the extremes of both hot and cold can be dangerous Keep in mind that a change in the bodys core temperature will impair performance greatly

71 Questions?

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