OHSA Cold Weather Safety Guide.


Winter is just around the corner. Cold related illnesses can slowly overcome an individual who has been chilled by cold temperature, strong winds or wet clothing. You need to recognize the environmental and workplace conditions that can lead to cold-induced injuries and illnesses. Here are some basic ways to protect your workers.

  • Proper clothing for cold, wet and windy conditions must be on hand. Hats and gloves inaddition to proper outer ware is needed.
  • Frequent short breaks in warm dry shelters will allow the body to warm up.
  • Work during the warmest part of the day.
  • Avoid exhaustion or fatigue because a significant amount of energy is needed to keep your body warm.
  • Drink warm, sweet drinks, not caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat warm, high calorie foods.
  • Individuals with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension have increased risk in cold weather.

OSHA has a workplace safety and health guide that identifies risk factors and prevention measures for workers exposed to hazardous temperatures. This guide has a great graphic showing what dangers workers face as the temperatures drop. You can get the guide at http://www.osha.gov/publications/osha3156.pdf

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