Guidance in Accident Protection and Safety

Guidance in Accident Protection and Safety

Purpose: To provide guidance on accident prevention and safety.

1. General - Units will establish an aggressive safety and accident awareness and prevention program to keep losses to a minimum. Appropriate control and prevention procedures will be implemented to provide for an intensely managed and monitored safety program and reporting system. The Unit Commander is the Safety Officer and the 1SG is the Safety NCO. All personnel are responsible for enforcing safety at all time.

2. Safety:

a. Avoid Heat:

(1) 1-4 gallons of water a day; even if you are not thirsty. If urine is yellow, drink more. Unblouse boots, loosen clothing. Keep skin covered. Carry 2 or more canteens in desert.

(2) Wet Bulb:

(a) 82-84 degree - 1/2 qt water / hr and 50/10 min work / rest cycle.

(b) 85-87 degree - 1 qt and 45/15 min work / rest cycle.

(c) 88-89 degree - 1 1/2 qt and 30/30 min work / rest cycle.

(d) 90+ degree - 2 + qt and 20/40 min work / rest cycle, suspend training.

(e) MOPP or body armor adds 10 degrees to wet bulb.

(3) Use the buddy system.

(4) ID risk personnel, (i.e.: overweight, unfit, over 40, previous heat casualties, fatigued, ill).

b. Avoid cold:

(1) Wear loose layers of clothing, headgear, overshoes, gloves.

(2) Keep clothing (especially socks) dry.

(3) Keep moving / exercise big muscles, toes, feet, fingers, hands, face.

(4) Avoid carbon monoxide and alcohol.

(5) Eat all meals to maintain energy.

(6) Drink plenty of fluids.

(7) Warming tent at 25 degree wind chill.

(8) Avoid tobacco at 0 degrees.

(9) Use buddy system at -10 degree.

(10) Stop training at -20 degree.

(11) ID Cold risk personnel, (i.e. fatigued, previous cold injury, ill, under nourished, immobilized persons).

c. Avoid local, snakes, scorpions, spiders, wild animals, poisonous plants.

d. Sleep at least 3 hr/24 hr period, preferably 6-9. Cat nap / relax to stay...

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