Construction work goes on even in the middle of the freezing winter. Working long hours outdoors in frigid temperatures put your work crew at risk of cold stress. Understanding this condition and how to keep your staff from succumbing to the winter elements is important for their safety and your project's success.
What Is Cold Stress?
Cold stress is a condition formally recognized by OSHA. In short, cold stress is just a colloquial term for hypothermia. It occurs when your body temperature dips below 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Under the effects of cold stress, the body is no longer able to warm itself. Continued exposure to the cold can result in tissue damage and even death in extreme cases.
Avoid Cold Stress When Working Outside
In construction work, then it goes without saying that your crew is going to be outside a lot. Establish a winter dress code to ensure that your work crew doesn't suffer preventable and cold-induced medical conditions.
- Use disposable warmers: these come in small packets that they can place inside their pants, footwear, or gloves.
- Dress warmly at all times: this applies even if they're temporarily indoors or inside an excavator cabin.
- Layer your clothing: wear multiple thin layers of clothing rather than one or two bulky garments.
- Stay dry: wet clothing is a threat to bodily heat retention. Be especially sure they keep the inner layers of their clothing dry.
- Drink water: staying hydrated allows them to better process the foods they eat. In turn, this converts the foods into heat energy.
Stay Healthy this Winter
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