Oceanography First Aid

Oceanography First Aid - SAFETY AND FIRST AID IN THE FIELD...

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SAFETY AND FIRST AID IN THE FIELD I. Safety in the Field A. If you have a medical condition, I need to know about it and be advised of what to do in case of an emergency - if you are on medication, I need to know about it and be advised of what to do in case of an emergency B. No Wandering Outside of (or Leaving) the Field Area C. Stay with your Group - with the exception of the tests and air photo interpretation, you will be assigned to groups; stay with your group - maintain contact with other groups and the instructor; walky-talkies are good in the field; give cell phone numbers to members of other groups and to the professor and leave your cell phones on (However, you will find that cell phones don’t work in some places we are going so be prepared with alternative contact methods) D. Drink Lots of Water - you should drink enough water so that your urine stays clear - other symptoms of dehydration are fatigue, headache and body aches and confusion (heat exhaustion, heatstroke and hypothermia can all be caused in part by dehydration - see discussions below) - for a full day in the field, carry at least one gallon of water - even on a cold day when you don’t feel like drinking water, do it anyway - if you feel too warm, rest in the shade E. No Dangerous Climbs - there are some areas we will be going that have sharp dropoffs and cliffs; never put you or your group at risk by climbing where it is not safe - watch out for unstable slopes and areas prone to rock falls or slides F. Wear Appropriate Clothing - always wear a hat in the field; when it is hot wear light-colored clothing - cotton is good for warm, dry weather but if it is wet it will not keep you warm (so on trips where it might be chilly, rainy or snowy avoid it); wool can keep you warm even when it is damp from rain (if it feels scratchy wear long underwear or a t-shirt beneath it); many synthetics such as polypropylene and polar fleece can insulate you whether it is wet or dry - always carry rain gear - wear boots that fit properly and have been “broken in” - we will be going to places that have a lot of nasty thorns, etc.; dress to protect yourself against these hazards
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G. Sunburn - prevent sunburn by using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) rating of at least 15 - as you perspire, reapply the sunscreen - a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and long pants will provide additional protection against sunburn and other field hazards H. Be aware of the Location of the First Aid Kit - a first aid kit will be provided, and its position marked, in a central location in each field area - it is suggested that each group carry some simple first aid supplies with them for cuts, etc. I. Be Careful when Using Equipment - when using a rock hammer, protect your eyes; never strike a rock hammer with another rock hammer (flying metal shards!) II. First Aid - First Aid is first help given to a victim of an accident or other health emergency A. Purposes of First Aid 1. Stop life-threatening dangers 2. Protect an injured or ill person from further harm
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2012 for the course ES 340 taught by Professor Dr.phillipmurphy during the Fall '10 term at Tarleton.

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