The Driver’s Training Toolbox is a valuable tool for teaching drivers how to stay safe and keep those they’re sharing the road with safe. Take advantage of this valuable resource.
Working in hot environments is tough enough without having to worry about safety, too. But it’s important to know the dangers excessive heat poses.
Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious risks. Heat can also make you inattentive, short-tempered, dizzy or slow. Any of these effects may expose you to additional dangers.
Heat stress is caused by the weather or by working in hot environments, like laundry facilities or foundries. Humidity compounds the effects of heat.
Here are some warning signs of heat-related illness:
- Heat cramps. These cramps usually affect arms, legs and abdominal muscles. They may happen even after you have stopped working or when you are resting. Heat cramps are a warning that your body has lost too much salt through sweating.
- Heat exhaustion. Look for any or all of these symptoms: Exhaustion, nausea, dizziness, paleness and clammy skin, quick pulse and/or low blood pressure. Heat exhaustion is a warning that the mechanism that controls body heat is seriously overtaxed. Heat stroke may follow if heat exhaustion is not treated.
- Heat stroke can be fatal. It happens when a body’s heat control mechanism simply shuts down. Perspiration stops and body temperature rises. The heart pounds and the skin is flushed and hot. This is a medical emergency and must be treated immediately.
Here are some ideas for keeping your cool this summer:
- When hot weather hits, expect to feel sluggish for a few days until your body adjusts. Gradually get used to working in the heat.
- Alter work routines to reduce heavy exertion in the hottest part of the day.
- Take frequent rest breaks. Breaks may include moving to a cooler area or switching to less strenuous work for a while.
- Drink water often to avoid dehydration. Your body loses water through perspiration, so replenish fluids frequently.
- Don’t drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages. They make your body lose even more water and salt.
- Dress lightly in layers so that you can subtract or add clothing as the temperature changes.
- Be sure to shade your skin and eyes from the sun. Remind coworkers to protect themselves from UV rays by covering up, wearing sunglasses and using sunscreen.
- Watch your buddy or coworkers for signs of heat illness. Mild cases can be treated by moving a person to a cool area and giving them water to drink. If you suspect heat stroke, get immediate medical help.
The US Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website has articles, posters, videos and other tools focusing on summer topics and many others. Visit:
Heads up! The Army’s Supply and Maintenance Assessment Review Team (SMART) website at https:// smart.lia.army.mil is temporarily offline. However, you can still submit SMART ideas by email.
Include the following info:
- Suggestion title (your choice)
- Your name, email address and phone number
- The problem explained in detail
- Your proposed solution, including cost savings
- Photos or additional details (keep attachments under 10 MB).
Email your SMART suggestion to:
How to Order PS Magazine
Unit pub clerks, once you’ve set up a pubs account with DOL or AEPUBS, you can submit a specific request for PS.
Enter the desired quantity of PS Magazine when you order. We recommend a copy for each of the following in a company-size unit: the commander, first sergeant, XO, motor sergeant, each vehicle mechanic, supply sergeant, armorer, CBRN NCO, communications NCO, and extra copies as approved by the commanding officer, for distributing in common areas for equipment operators.
To find out how to order PS for other military services or how to get a private subscription, visit:
When ordering any pubs, check to be sure that your unit’s mailing address is correct. If the address is wrong, you need to complete Section III on DA Form 12-R.
Send the DA Form 12-R as an attachment to one of the following email addresses.
Mechanics, when ordering a nozzle assembly suppressor for your AH-64 aircraft, make sure you order the right one.
Some folks are still ordering the basic nozzle when they actually need the left or right nozzle. There is a difference. The basic nozzle has no notches while the right and left nozzles are notched.
Order the part you need from these NSNs.
Right hand nozzle
Left hand nozzle
Got a nozzle assembly suppressor you need to turn in for credit? Make sure you list the NSN for the exact suppressor you’re turning in.
Since 1944, June 6 always makes me a bit sad and a whole lotta proud. Sad ‘cause many young, brave men met their Maker that day, but so very proud of what they and the survivors accomplished on the beaches of Normandy. It’s been 69 years since that day of liberation, but I remember it like it was yesterday. Why, just the month before, I was answering questions for Soldiers in the military magazine, Army Motors. Here’s the cover from the May 1944 issue.
Army Motors was the daddy of PS Magazine. PS was born in 1951, but I was with Army Motors during WW II. Here are the three pages of questions and answers from that May 1944 issue. Hope you can read some of the questions. They’re good ones! (Notice how young I look in the art at the top of the page!)
Finally, here’s the back cover from that May 1944 issue. We were tackling a problem with the Continental engine on the M4A1 Tank. The answer is still a good one today—Before starting an M4, M4A1, M7, M12, or M18 hand crank the engine 50 turns.