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Review Article: Heat stress and the role of protective clothing in military service

R Tamas

Abstract


Background: The body heat exchange, environmental stress and protective clothing becomes stressful in military service too. The use of microporous material and ventilation of garment significantly improve heat exchange, hence reducing physiological strain and improving tolerance to the heat. Moisture absorption, directional radiation, solar radiation, condensation and their interaction with wind may have influence on heat exchange.
Aim: To review the role of protective clothing in heat stress stress in military service.
Conclusion: Protective clothing serves the purpose of eliminating or reducing the effects of heat stress factors. Protection against chemical and physical agents in most cases implies the use of special fabrics.

Key words: military service, heat stress, protective clothing




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