While the colder weather and snowfall may get many of us excited for the approaching holiday season, those who work outside know that the winter can bring especially harsh work conditions. It’s important to keep workers safe in the face of extreme cold, snow, and ice. After all, winter weather can bring the potential of frostbite, hypothermia, and other dangers to outdoor workers. The right uniforms and personal protective equipment are essential for keeping workers warm and safe all winter long. Here are some ways to protect your workers in cold weather.
Proper winter emergency kits are absolutely crucial for any work crew out in cold weather. Emergency supplies should include blankets, mittens, communication devices, and food in case work vehicles are ever stranded due to severe weather. It’s a good idea to keep your kits supplied with day-to-day winter items as well. Hand warmers and ponchos are a good way to keep your crew warm and dry when the weather gets unpredictable.
In order to effectively protect workers from frostbite and hypothermia, it’s important to educate workers on these cold-weather risks. Make sure your crew understands when they are at the greatest risk for frostbite, hypothermia, and even trenchfoot, how to protect themselves, how to identify the symptoms, and what they should do if they start to show symptoms.
Workplace safety is a day-to-day concern. Make sure that work areas are properly shoveled all winter long, and identify ice risks that can cause dangerous slips, trips, and falls.
As the weather starts to turn, it’s important to be proactive and adjust the work schedule to accommodate frequent, short breaks. Extended exposure can be a huge risk to workers’ health. Shorter shifts or frequent breaks are a good way to ensure your crew is able to stay warm and hydrated throughout the work day.
It’s crucial to change up workers’ uniforms for the winter season. Insulated uniforms and layers will allow workers to stay warmer throughout the day, and high-traction footwear can help prevent slips and falls in icy conditions. High-visibility apparel is also important for keeping your workers visible even in snow-blinding conditions. Consult with your trusted uniform expert in order to make sure your workers are properly outfitted to work safely throughout the unpredictable winter season.
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