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Botsball (WGT) Performance Characteristics and Their Impact on the Implementation of Existing Military Hot Weather Doctrine,
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA
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Effective implementation of existing military hot weather doctrine requires accurate measurement of environmental heat stress. The WBGT Wet Bulb-Globe Temperature Index is the standard measure of heat stress used to assess the risk of heat injury and to select, from the doctrine, appropriate guidance for workrest cycles and water consumption rates. The WGT Wet Globe Temperature Kit, Botsball NSN 6665-01-103-8547 was introduced as a simple alternative to the WBGT. Based on its reported close correlation with the WBGT, the Botsball has been used as a measurement device for implementing hot weather doctrine. This study was conducted to document the performance characteristics of the Botsball relative to the WBGT Index and to evaluate the options for heat stress measurement in the context of current hot weather doctrine and available instrumentation.
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