Negligible heat strain in armored vehicle officers wearing personal body armor

Stewart, Ian B. & Hunt, Andrew P. (2011) Negligible heat strain in armored vehicle officers wearing personal body armor. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxiciology, 6(22).

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Objectives This study evaluated the heat strain experienced by armored vehicle officers (AVOs) wearing personal body armor (PBA) in a sub-tropical climate.

Methods Twelve male AVOs, aged 35-58 years, undertook an eight hour shift while wearing PBA. Heart rate and core temperature were monitored continuously. Urine specific gravity (USG) was measured before and after, and with any urination during the shift.

Results Heart rate indicated an intermittent and low-intensity nature of the work. USG revealed six AVOs were dehydrated from pre through post shift, and two others became dehydrated. Core temperature averaged 37.4 ± 0.3°C, with maximum's of 37.7 ± 0.2°C.

Conclusions Despite increased age, body mass, and poor hydration practices, and Wet-Bulb Globe Temperatures in excess of 30°C; the intermittent nature and low intensity of the work prevented excessive heat strain from developing.

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ID Code: 54866
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: temperature regulation, heat stress, heat strain, dehydration, PPE
DOI: 10.1186/1745-6673-6-22
ISSN: 1745-6673
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600) > Exercise Physiology (110602)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Stewart and Hunt
Deposited On: 18 Nov 2012 23:03
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2012 01:05

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