Working in cold environments can present many risks to workers. To stay safe when working in cold temperatures, workers should know a variety of ways to reduce exposure to the cold.
Worker cold-safety includes:
Before working outside, plan ahead by:
- Checking forecasts for weather updates and alerts in your area
- Packing emergency kits in all work vehicles (check out tips on making one here)
- Having shelters available (i.e. work vehicles, heated areas indoors, areas out of the wind)
Dressing for Cold Temperatures
Wearing the right winter gear can reduce the risk of cold-related injury or illness. When choosing work wear, consider:
- Requirements of the task (i.e. use of fingers, flexibility of wrist)
- Activity level
- Exposure time to cold
- Weather conditions
Wearing layers is a good practice when working in cold environments. For more information on selecting appropriate layers, check out Hard Hat Hunter’s article here.
Knowing the Risks & Signs
Before working in cold environments, workers should know and be able to recognize the signs of cold-related injuries and illnesses such as:
- Cold Stress
For more information on these cold-related illnesses and injuries, click here.
How do you combat the cold when working outdoors? Share your tips with us in the comments below.