SAFETY TIP TUESDAY- NCESD

Provided by the North Central ESD Workers Compensation Trust

WORKING SAFE WHEN THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL!

DRESS WARMLY – it’s your first line of defense…

Dress in at least 3-layers:

  • An inner layer of cotton or synthetic material for ventilation and to help to keep your skin dry
  • Middle layer of fleece or wool material to absorb sweat and provide insulation
  • An outer layer of waterproof material to repel snow, sleet, or rain and block wind

Be Sure to Wear:

  • A warm hat, preferably one that cover your ears
  • A scarf or face mask to protect your ears, nose, and face
  • Gloves or mittens made of breathable, waterproof fabrics
  • Wool socks to protect your feet and ankles
  • Waterproof and insulated boots or shoes with good traction

SAFE WORK PRACTICES TO PREVENT COLD STRESS

Be aware of the wind chill


Keep drychange out of wet socks and clothing. They lose heat and their ability to insulate rapidly.


Drink warm, sweet beverages – sugar water, sports-type drinks


Avoid caffeinated beverages – coffee, tea, soda drinks, or hot chocolate


Eat warm, high-calorie foods, i.e., hot pasta dishes


Work at your own pace, taking short breaks in warm locations to allow your body to warm up


Use the buddy system, monitoring each other for signs of frostbite & hypothermia

  • Frostbite: Cool, cold, white/pale skin on the fingers, toes, ear lobes and tip of nose
  • Hypothermia: Uncontrolled shivering; memory loss/confusion; difficulty speaking; loss of coordination; difficulty performing tasks; drowsiness & exhaustion


Be aware you're risk of a developing a cold stress related illness increases if you:

  • Take certain medications - talk with your doctor or pharmacist
  • Are in poor physical condition
  • Suffer from certain illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease

AND REMEMBER… Watch Where You Place Your Feet…

In Wintery Weather with Snow, Ice and Sleet!

North Central ESD Workers' Compensation Trust

Providing Risk Management Services to Reduce On-The-Job Injuries