Journal article

Heat Strain During Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Ian B Stewart, Amanda M Rojek, Andrew P Hunt

Military Medicine | ASSOC MILITARY SURG US | Published : 2011


Bomb technicians perform their work while encapsulated in explosive ordnance disposal suits. Designed primarily for safety, these suits have an unintended consequence of impairing the body's natural mechanisms for heat dissipation. Consequently, bomb technicians are known to experience symptoms of heat illness while performing their work. This research provides the first field based analysis of heat strain in bomb technicians. Six participants undertook simulated operational tasks across 2 days of variable climate. All subjects demonstrated high levels of heat strain as evidenced by elevated heart rate, core body temperature, and physiological strain index. Participants also reported signs a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was financially supported by the Australian Government through Emergency Management Australia within the Attorney General's Department. This support does not represent an endorsement of the contents or conclusions of the project.