Table 4-3. Heat injury prevention chart: water intake and work/rest cycles.
As noted previously, prevention of heat casualties depends largely upon the education
of exposed personnel and especially upon supervision by informed, responsible
Every individual exposed to unaccustomed high temperatures should be
informed of heat injury and the potentially serious results, and how it can be prevented.
Supervisors and responsible officers must, in addition, be able to identify
environmental conditions under which adverse effects of heat are likely to occur.
Supervisors should recognize the earliest signs of heat injury.
-- Supervisors should take appropriate action to prevent the development of
heat injury cases.
All personnel should be able to apply effective first aid. Mental confusion and
over activity often precede collapse from heatstroke.
Supervisors must be alert to detect this condition, enforce rest, and obtain
medical assistance promptly.
Responsible medical officers should assist commanders in the development
of local programs for heat injury prevention and continuously observe and advise in its