AIHce Indianapolis



PDC 602
Disaster Responder: Protection for Workers in Hot Environments

intermediate | .67 CM Point/ 4 Contact Hours/ 0.5 CEU/COC Point | Sunday | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Limit: 60


Incident Planning and Response, Occupational Medicine, Risk Assessment and Management

This PDC describes the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) approach to maintaining worker safety in hot environments. The system has been proffered during exercise and real world events and includes the NDMS Hazard Assessment/Risk Management Tool, used to evaluate risks to workers; pre-response; the HERA tool used to communicate these risks, and environmental monitoring, work assistance and work restriction activities when personnel operate in these environments.

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand medically the heat/stress and strain constraints on the human body.
  • Understand the special concerns for disaster responders in hot environments.
  • Utilize the Department of Health and Human Services: National Disaster Medical System’s Hot Environment Program for disaster workers, including pre-event screening and mobilization acclimatization activities.


  • Mechanics of human heat tolerance
  • Special hot weather concerns for disaster responders
  • The pre-event screening process: HARM/HERA
  • Environmental measurements
  • Work assistance
  • Work restrictions

Transfer of Knowledge:
Instructors will evaluate participants understanding of the materials presented based on:

  • Hands-on demonstrations and practicum

Sponsoring Committee:
Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group

Important PDC dates:

  • May 18 — E-handout download instructions are e-mailed.
  • June 1  — Contact the AIHA if you have not received your e-handout e-mail.
  • June 1  — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning open.
  • June 15-17 — AIHce 2012 PDCs are presented. Participants must bring a printed or electronic copy of their PDC handout.
  • August 31 — AIHce 2012 online communities for collaborative learning close.
  • August 27 Educational transcripts updated and available for download