Working in cold conditions isn’t just uncomfortable, it can also be quite unsafe. Frostbite, numbness, dehydration, and hypothermia are very real dangers and should be taken seriously. If you or your employees are performing work tasks outdoors during the winter, be aware of the dangers and follow these tips.
Dress for the Weather
Workers should avoid exposure to extreme cold whenever they can. When they must confront the cold, follow these clothing recommendations:
- Wear multiple layers of loose clothing.
- Remember that some clothing can hinder movement and result in an accident.
- Wear waterproof, insulated, slip-resistant shoes.
- Wear a hat.
- Wear insulated gloves or mittens whenever possible.
- Always wear socks in cold weather. High wool socks are best at trapping heat in cold conditions. Avoid socks that limit circulation.
Frostbite and hypothermia can develop from overexposure to cold. If you suspect either, get medical attention immediately.
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Cold skin that turns numb
- Blisters or swelling
- Joint stiffness
Cold weather is a normal event, so it is easy for workers to forget that it can be very dangerous if not properly prepared for. Make sure to take into account these cold weather safety tips while working in winter conditions to protect yourself and your employees against the elements.
To learn more about winter safety precautions, contact MaintenX today.