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Take frequent breaks in warm, dry areas.
When working in cold weather conditions,
workers can become fatigued and can
become affected much more quickly. Be
sure to schedule frequent breaks in warm,
dry areas to prevent cold stress.
Workers with pre-existing
health conditions like
diabetes, hypertension
and hypothyroidism
are more at risk for
cold stress.
Work during the warmest part of the day.
If possible, schedule work to be performed
during the middle of the day when
temperatures are likely to be higher.
Check the weather forecast and plan work
schedules accordingly.
Use salt to avoid slips and falls.
Snow and ice should be cleared from
outdoor walking paths as quickly as
possible after a winter storm. Spread
salt on paved surfaces, being careful to
avoid nearby grass and plants. Encourage
workers to walk slowly and wear proper
footwear that is well insulated and made
with rubber treads. Even when inside, be
careful when walking on wet loors.
Provide warm fl uids.
Whenever your workers are performing
work in cold conditions, you should have
warm, sweet luids on hand. These can be
sugar water or sports drinks. It's important
to avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee and
tea, which can make conditions worse.
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Equip vehicles with emergency kits.
In case of emergency, it's a good idea
to equip company vehicles with winter
safety kits that include items like an ice
scraper, snow brush, shovel, a lashlight,
extra batteries, a blanket, road maps,
snacks, water and a change of clothes.
If stranded in a vehicle, it's best to
remain in the vehicle and call for an emergency
assistance.
Be cautious when shoveling snow.
If shoveling snow is necessary on the
jobsite, it's important to use caution and
monitor worker safety to avoid injury and
exhaustion. Shovel fresh powdery snow as
opposed to packed snow, as it will be easier
to lift. Advise workers to push snow, if
possible, and always lift with the legs bent,
not the back.
Doug Sicking is the president & CEO of
Safety International LLC. This article was
originally published on the Safety International
LLC website. For additional information,
please visit safety-international.com.
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