ARTICLE in TACTICAL DEFENSE MAGAZINE- COMBAT and CASUALTY CARE;
Dealing with body temperature regulation in combat environments can be the difference between mission done and mission 9-1-1.
Sweat is an issue for soldiers, both in cold and warm weather.When soldiers, perform strenuous exercise in heavy clothing,significant heat strain and sweating can occur. After working,the non-evaporated sweat will reduce clothing insulation
and possibly form ice crystals. When pooled sweat under the helmet or hat is
dried by the wind, the core body temperature can be lowered, thus not allowing
one to keep warm and reducing peak physical performance. To assist in removing
moisture caused by sweating, the innermost layer of a cold-weather or warm
weather clothing properties that allow water vapor to be transmitted to the
outer layers for evaporation.
Without Sight, No Fight
management as it relates to vision is an important and often overlooked
component of heat stress and safety. As temperatures rise, so does the amount
of sweat that will drip into soldiers eyes causing them to sting. Besides stinging,
perspiration in the eyes causes dryness, blurred vision, disorientation and a
reduction in clear sharp eyesight, which is crucial to any soldier. Blurred
vision or stinging eyes can turn from annoying to dangerous if not managed
properly. As with other safety equipment, the costs and risks associated with using inadequate sweat protection can be great. It’s not uncommon for soldiers to
wear safety items such as gloves, safety glasses, facemasks or other protective clothing that inhibits them from safely wiping the sweat. For example, they might use their gloves to wipe their face or glasses and inadvertently introduce dust, debris or chemicals from the gloves into their eyes. To this point, health and safety managers have stated that a significant percentage of eye injuries result from soldiers introducing debris into their eyes while wiping sweat. Soldiers may
choose to remove their gloves or safety glasses, even remove their helmets,
caps or hard hat to wipe sweat from their eyes. In doing so, they may violate
Safety compliance and expose their hands, eyes and head to risk of injury. To
follow safety procedures they may have to move to a safe zone before they can
remove their PPE and clear the sweat from their eyes. When in the field, often
there is no safe place to perform this repetitious task.
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