Health & Safety

May 10, 2013

When it comes to weather, don’t sweat it – be smart

1st Lt. VANESSA AVELAR and Tech. Sgt. KEITH SUE
56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron

workrestchart
It’s not called “The Valley of the Sun” for no reason. With a very mild winter, summers are hot in Arizona and can take a person by surprise.

There are three types of heat conditions people need to be aware of so steps can be taken to avoid them. If not prepared to work or exercise outdoors, one can suffer from cramps, exhaustion or stroke. Heat exhaustion precedes heat stroke, which is the most serious of the heat conditions.
Unless treated promptly, it could result in death or brain damage.

Certain precautions must be taken to prevent heat-related illness at work and home.

The first and foremost safety measure is drinking plenty of fluids (water or sport drinks) a few hours before and during heavy work or exercise performed outdoors. Eating a balanced meal, avoiding caffeine and taking adequate rest breaks while working is most important. The 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering office performs measurements on Luke Air Force Base during the summer using the Wet Bulb Globe Thermometer to determine the most effective work/rest cycles.

The WBGT reading, which is a measurement of ambient temperature including the effect of relative humidity, is often confused with the heat index. The WBGT takes humidity, direct sunlight and ambient temperature into consideration as well. These measurements require special monitoring equipment owned and operated by the BE office. The WBGT is read four times a day at a minimum from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays May 1 to Oct. 30. The times and dates may be extended based upon weather conditions.

BE uses conditions instead of flags to clearly distinguish between the different workloads and work/rest cycles. This information is given to the Luke AFB Command Post and disseminated to everyone on base through the AtHoc notification system, much in the same way that FPCON notifications are made. This information will also be available at the 56th Medical Group Web page (http://www.luke.af.mil/units/56thmedicalgroup.asp) and 56th AMDS/SGPB Sharepoint site. Supervisors will determine the type of work their workers are performing and implement the work/rest cycles with the provided information.

For more information concerning heat-related illnesses, call Public Health at (623) 856-6176. For more information related to heat conditions, call BE at (623) 856-7521.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Senior Airman 
DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Luke host 4th annual bodybuilding competition

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS Abraham Purdy, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control apprentice, and Jonathan Maytes, civilian, pose for the judges Aug. 15 during the Luke Air Force Base bodybuilding competition. W...
 
 

Street Beat

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 17 through 23 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 18 moving violations and two nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 20: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident involving a government vehicle and fixed object adjacent to...
 
 

Justice Report

The following is a list of Articles 15 and administrative actions issued in July at Luke Air Force Base: 56th Operations Group Articles 15 • An airman first class received nonjudicial punishment for stealing a Blue Ray DVD player from the dorm common area. The individual received a suspended reduction to airman, suspended forfeiture of...
 

 

Street Beat

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Aug. 10 through 16 at Luke Air Force Base: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 14 moving violations. Traffic-related incidents Aug. 14: Security forces responded to a report of a major two-vehicle accident at Bldg. 1130 parking lot. There were no injuries. Emergency responses Aug. 13: Security...
 
 
Airman 
PEDRO MOTA

New fitness weapon at gym

AirmanPEDRO MOTA Astrid Cob, Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center instructor, guides Pandora Campbell with a Tabata exercise at Luke. The Tabata method is very short bursts of high intensity exercise, followed by short res...
 
 
Senior Airman
JAMES HENSLEY

Summer safety prevents drownings

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Michael Ketterer, 56th Force Support Squadron lead lifeguard, practices a rescue technique Aug. 4 at Silver Wings Pool at Luke Air Force Base. Lifeguards for the base pool are trained in CPR, first ai...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>