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Armed Forces: Training

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 13th December 2017.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Chair, Defence Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 December 2017 to Question 115775, what guidance his Department has issued to users of dynamic risk assessments to decide whether to (a) continue, (b) pause and (c) stop an activity where one or more participants have been assessed as having a heat injury.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

If heat illness is suspected, the Commander's Guide requires the following for an individual:

• Pause the activity for the individual for at least 30 minutes

• Remove the individual from immediate danger and prevent any further casualties from occurring

First Aid should always address airway, breathing and circulation problems first.

For a group the following is required:

• Pause the activity to assess everyone in the group

• A single case is a warning that others are at risk

• Check for other cases; there could be several over a dispersed geographical location

The Commander is to carry out a dynamic risk assessment of the activity and is to consider other control measures including stopping the activity. If ok, recommence activity.

It is the Commander's decision as to whether the risk has risen to an unacceptable level in which the event should cease or if the risk is within acceptable levels for the event to continue. There is an option to alter the activity.

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