As winter weather has returned as such we are mindful protecting yourself, and your employees from cold exposure. Prevention of problems with extreme weather is one way to ensure a safe work environment.
Early warning signs of cold exposure can include:
- Physical discomfort (feeling cold)
- Possible injuries such as pulled muscles
- Loss of feeling and dexterity in fingers, hands and toes
- Frost nip (outermost layers of skin turn white)
Please keep in mind that when you are shivering it is the body reacting to the cold and if you stop shivering without addressing this cold can mean that you are entering a more dangerous stage of exposure.
For further information and tips about working in extreme weather conditions please see this document.(PDF)