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Cold Stress Recommendations

Recommendations for Employers

Employers should take the following steps to protect workers from cold stress:

  • Schedule maintenance and repair jobs in cold areas for warmer months.

  • Schedule cold jobs for the warmer part of the day.

  • Reduce the physical demands of workers.

  • Use relief workers or assign extra workers for long, demanding jobs.

  • Provide warm liquids to workers.

  • Provide warm areas for use during break periods.

  • Monitor workers who are at risk of cold stress.

  • Provide cold stress training that includes information about:

    • Worker risk

    • Prevention

    • Symptoms

    • The importance of monitoring yourself and coworkers for symptoms

    • Treatment

    • Personal protective equipment

Recommendations for Workers

Workers should avoid exposure to extremely cold temperatures when possible. When cold environments or temperatures cannot be avoided, workers should follow these recommendations to protect themselves from cold stress:

  • Wear appropriate clothing.

    • Wear several layers of loose clothing. Layering provides better insulation.

    • Wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight clothing reduces blood circulation and warm blood needs to be circulated to the extremities.

    • Remember, some clothing may restrict movement resulting in a hazardous situation.

  • Make sure to protect the ears, face, hands, and feet in extremely cold weather.

    • Boots should be waterproof and insulated.

    • Wear a hat; it will keep your whole body warmer. Hats reduce the amount of body heat that escapes from your head.

  • Move into warm locations during breaks.

  • Limit the amount of time outside on extremely cold days.

  • Carry cold weather gear, such as extra socks, gloves, hats, jackets, blankets, a change of clothes, and a thermos of hot liquid.

  • Include a thermometer and chemical hot packs in your first aid kit.

  • Avoid touching cold metal surfaces with bare skin.

  • Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers.

Now for the “warm and fuzzy”…..

Wishing all of our clients, staff, friends, and family a very merry Christmas, happy holidays, and all the best as we end 2022. Thank you for your ongoing support and trust in our services and products. It has been our pleasure to serve you!

Warmest regards and best wishes! Dunk & Associates

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