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Document ID (ISN)107091
CIS number 07-1172
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) McLellan T.M., Selkirk G.A.
Title The management of heat stress for firefighters: A review of work conducted on behalf of the Toronto fire service
Bibliographic information July 2006, Vol.44, No.3, p.414-426. Illus. 67 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This article summarizes research projects aimed at defining safe work limits for firefighters wearing protective clothing and working in warm environments. It examines strategies for reducing the thermal burden and extending operational effectiveness. Subjects wore their protective ensemble and carried their self-contained breathing apparatus and performed very light, light, moderate or heavy work at 25░C, 30░C and 35░C. Predicted continuous work times were then generated using a heat strain model that established limits for increases in body temperature to 38.0░C, 38.5░C and 39.0░C. The study revealed that replacing the duty uniform pants with shorts reduced the thermal strain for activities that lasted longer than 60 min. Adequate fluid replacement and forearm and hand immersion, increased exposure time (and work productivity) by 100%.
Descriptors (primary) protective clothing; heat load; physical workload; fire services
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; body temperature; self-contained breathing apparatus; workload assessment; body temperature restoration
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Protective clothing
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Heat and cold