As the cold weather quickly approaches, it is important for workers to take proper precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them. Hazards such as slippery roads, strong winds, and cold temperatures can contribute to already dangerous work environments and we encourage our members to be fully aware and as prepared as possible.
Consider the winter hazards you may encounter while on the job and take proper precautions to avoid illness and potential injury.
- Weather conditions like heavy snow, ice, and wind
- Winter driving
- Snow removal
- Slips and falls, which are likely to occur around parking lots/garages, jobsite locations, loading docks, sidewalks, and vehicles
- Downed or damaged power lines
- Fallen trees
- Train workers to recognize symptoms of cold stress (trench foot, frostbite, and hypothermia) and the most effective way to get help in case of an emergency
- Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers
- Dress appropriately for the cold, including footwear with traction
- Stay dry in the cold because moisture or dampness can increase the rate of heat loss from the body
- Keep extra clothing handy in case you get wet
- Drink warm fluids
- Use proper engineering controls, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment provided by your employer
OSHA is a great resource with tips for workers to face the winter. Review these materials to stay safe during the winter season.