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business | safety
Winter weather safety
Tips to keep employees informed and prepared.
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OSHA's Cold Stress QuickCard™
OSHA's Cold Stress QuickCard™ is a free
laminated fold-up card that can be used
as a reference guide to combat and
prevent many illnesses and injuries.
The card includes advice on how to:
* Recognize the signs and
symptoms of cold-induced
illnesses and injuries.
* Aid workers who suffer
from cold stress such as
frostbite or hypothermia.
* Educate team members
about cold stress hazards
and prevention techniques.
inter weather presents a
multitude of hazards-slippery
roads and surfaces, environmental cold,
strong winds, etc.-so it is important
for employers to prepare for inclement
weather and implement safe work
practices. While winter weather may
slow tent rental business, it rarely halts
it. From holiday markets to ice ishing
tournaments and winter weddings,
tenting continues throughout the cold
winter months.
Outdoor work requires proper preparation,
especially in winter weather conditions,
so employers have a responsibility
to provide workers with a place of
employment that is free from recognized
hazards. The following are a few tips
from the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) to help employers
protect workers' safety and health.
Educate workers on cold stress
Environmental cold can affect workers
exposed to cold air temperatures and
puts them at risk of cold stress. What
constitutes as cold stress and its effects
can vary throughout different regions of
the country. For example, in regions not
used to winter weather, near freezing
temperatures are considered factors for
" cold stress. "
As wind speed increases, it causes
cold air temperatures to feel colder,
thus increasing the risk of cold stress
to exposed crew members. Cold stress
occurs by driving down the body's skin
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temperature, and eventually internal
body temperature. When the body is
unable to warm itself, serious coldrelated
illnesses and injuries may occur.
Types of cold stress include:
* Trench foot: a non-freezing injury
of the feet caused by prolonged
exposure to wet and cold conditions.
* Frostbite: an injury caused by
freezing of the skin and tissues.
* Hypothermia: a medical emergency
that occurs when normal body
temperature (98.6°F) drops below
95°F. While hypothermia is most
likely to occur during very cold
temperatures, it can also occur during
cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a
person becomes chilled from rain,
sweat or immersion in cold water.
Although OSHA does not have a
speciic standard that covers working
in cold environments, it recommends
that employers train workers on how
to recognize hazardous environmental
conditions that can lead to cold stress,
educate employees on the symptoms of
cold stress, and offer guidance on how
to select proper clothing for cold, wet
and windy conditions.
Train employees to dress accordingly
While there is no OSHA requirement
for employers to provide workers
with ordinary clothing used solely
for protection from weather, many
employers provide their workers with
winter weather gear such as winter

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