Phase 1: Incidence of Exertional Heat Illness in Recruits


  1. MacDonald, H.
  2. Sloan, R.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);MacDonald Associates Consulting, Heidelberg ONT (CAN)
Phase 1 of this project collected data on Exertional Heat Illness (EHI) among Basic Officer, Level 2 Officer and Basic Recruit trainees at CFB St. Jean for courses completed between 27 June 1999 and 1 October 1999. Data were collected from 828 trainees and 68 staff and identified some sueful tools and significant correlations using symptom questionnaires, environmental information and other data collection methods. Using the data collected, we have specific recommendations for the Canadian Forces Recruit and Training System (CFRETS) Headquarters, the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School (CFLRS) in St. Jean, Supply in St. Jean, the Clinic in St. Jean, and some general recommendations to further reduce the risk of future EHI incidents. The data collected were not adequate to assess the validity of current Canadian Forces procedures and standards. It is suggested that there be a further study conducted from the beginning of May until the end of September to collect more comprehensive data. At the same time, there was a pilot project to collect data on work-related illness and injury in the military population at CFB St. Jean. Data were collected from visits to the Clinic as well as the standard forms used in the Canadian Forces for reporting accidents and injuires. Despite significant efforts in hand-searching paper files, the quality of the data was very poor. TRUNCATED
Heat illness;Exertional Heat Illness;WBGT;Recruit training;Physical training;Occupational health
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2000-037 — Contractor Report (Final)
Date of publication
01 Mar 2000
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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