It’s cold, it’s damp and it’s wet. For employees that work outdoors year round, the cooler temps create slick surfaces, and a prolonged exposure to the chill can prompt an increase in cold related illnesses and injuries.
When working outdoors, knowledge is the best defence. Know how to prepare, what to wear and what will keep you safe and warm during the cold winter months.
Love the layers
Not only do layers offer great insulation, they allow employees to monitor their temperatures and add or take away depending on how hot or cold the day is. Remember to cover your head and neck, as they often lose heat the quickest.
With the right attire in place, not only will employees be more comfortable, they will be more productive.
Lock in and insulate body heat with thermal clothing. Moisture wicking fabric helps keep things dry and fosters an even body temperature to stop the cold-hot-cold syndrome.
On blustery, slushy and rainy days, waterproof clothing helps protect from snow, wind and rain.
From top to bottom
Keep extremities warm by wearing thermal socks, gloves and hats. The extra layer of protection also acts as a cushion in case of spills. Mittens offer more warmth than gloves, but limit movement. Wear a pair of gloves under mittens and remove the top layer as needed to get things done.
Wet work areas mean more chances of ice. Ensure that employees are outfitted with quality, slip-resistant footwear with a strong grip so they can stay grounded on slick work surfaces.
Winter brings dark mornings and early evenings. High-visibility jackets, vests and pants worn over work clothes will ensure that employees are always seen.
Take a break
Not matter now prepared and layered up you are, small, frequent breaks to seek shelter and get warm will go a long way on damp, cold days.
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