Working Safely in the Winter Weather

Winter weather creates a possibility of Cold Stress. This occurs when the body is unable to warm itself. Four things contribute to Cold Stress:

  1. Cold Air Temperatures
  2. High Velocity Air Movement
  3. Dampness of the Air
  4. Contact with Cold Water or Surfaces

A cold environment forces the body to work harder to maintain its temperature. Cold air, water and snow all draw heat away from the body. While below freezing conditions and inadequate protection can bring about cold stress, problems can also occur with much higher temperatures when the wind velocity is high. Wet conditions can also increase the hazards of cold temperatures beyond the actual thermometer reading.

Ways to protect against Winter Weather if working outside

  1. Wear at least three layers of clothing
  2. Outer layer to break the wind
  3. Middle layer of down or wool to absorb sweat and provide insulation
  4. Inner layer of cotton or synthetic weave to allow ventilation
  5. Wear a hat. A considerable amount of heat escapes the body from the head
  6. Keep a change of dry clothing available in case work clothes become wet
  7. Wear loose rather than tight clothing for better ventilation
  8. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration
  9. Schedule work during the warmer parts of the day
  10. Take breaks out of the cold
  11. Work in pairs
  12. Avoid Fatigue
  13. Consume warm, high-calorie food

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