Winter weather can expose outdoor workers to frostbite, hypothermia, and cold stress, all of which can be dangerous. It is important to know the wind chill temperature to better prepare and perform the work safely.
OSHA recommends these work practices to stay safe in cold weather:
- Know the symptoms of cold stress: reddening skin, tingling, pain, swelling, leg cramps, numbness, and blisters
- Dress properly: wear at least three layers of loose-fitting clothing, insulated gloves and boots, and cover your head
- Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers
- Stay dry and pack extra clothes; moisture can increase heat loss from the body
- Take frequent breaks in warm, dry areas
- Drink warm liquids
For more safety tips, visit OSHA’s Winter Weather page.