Here are life -- saving instructions: Clip this item!

Put instructions near office door, or attach to your office's soon-to-be-unless air-conditioning unit. What gollows is the official U.S. government "heat release table." Accept no substitutes.

This data may prove useful when bureaucrats around you start caussing, peeling off, or keeling over as government officies, in the name of energy conversation, begin to resemble Turkish baths for the fully clothed.

President Carter's new energy conservation program is coming. As a follow -- up to the one urging us to freeze last winter, this one will mandate a good summertime roasting for the patriotic. It will set minimum levels of coolness for buildings and offices.

Unfortunately for the enforcement of the energy conversation program, tere are more buildings and offices than there are federal inspectors. Short of hiring, say, 4 million new enforcers with thermometers, the only place where the new higher temperatures will be rigidly adhered to will be in federal office buildings here in Washington.

Unless you grew up on the surface of he planet Venus, this is going to seem like a particularly long, hot summer indoors during your workday. Things will be especially tough for those in new buildings where the only way a window can be opened is with a chair, or large rock.

President Carter's bake-and-shake edit will forbid most buildings from cooling to below 78 degrees. That order, especially in humid Washington, will help turn sone sunny-side federal buildings into ovens. But there is a way out, in some cases

The key to relief is the government's official heat-humidity index of misery.

Uncle Sam has a contingency when his people get hot under the collar. The problem has been defining what is hot, what is sticky, and what is the proper mix. There is a chart.

Bear in mind this chart is only a guide. Federal supervisors can release employes almost any time they think working conditions are intolerable. By the same token, they can keep them on the job even when working conditions seem intolerable. So this is only a guide, but it is the official government guide. Here is how it works.

Federal officials may release employes when indoor heat and humidity readings hit the following levels: (TABLE) Temperature:(COLUMN)95(COLUMN)Humidity:(COLUMN)55 Temperature:(COLUMN)96(COLUMN)Humidity:(COLUMN)52 Temperature:(COLUMN)97(COLUMN)Humidity:(COLUMN)49 Temperature:(COLUMN)98(COLUMN)Humidity:(COLUMN)45 Temperature:(COLUMN)99(COLUMN)Humidity:(COLUMN)42 Temperature:(COLUMN)100(COLUMN)Humidity:(COLUMN)38 How does one know when those unpleasant readings occur? The government doesn't say. But most agencies hs or someone who will respond to requests for a heat -- humidity reading. (COLUMN)The best approach, old hands say, is to make sure that the resident boss doesn't have an air conditioner running at full blast while the troops are sweltering. Let's all converse energy and do our share. But keep an eye on the chart. There are times when it is permissible to abandon temporarily the ship of state. (END TABLE)