SAFETY TIP TUESDAY- NCESD
Provided by the North Central ESD Workers Compensation Trust
Tips For Working Safely in Cold Weather
Dress warmly - wear:
Loose-fitting, layered, light-weight clothing.
Water repellant outer garments and waterproof /insulated boots.
A hat, scarf, and mittens or gloves in extremely cold weather.
Be aware of the wind chill factor – the temperature that it “feels like” outside due to the combined effect of low temperature and wind.
Keep dry - change out of wet clothing. It loses heat and the ability to insulate rapidly.
Limit time outside on very cold days - move to warm locations during breaks.
Monitor your physical condition and that of co-workers - watch for signs of:
- Frostbite: Cool, cold, white/pale skin on the fingers, toes, ear lobes, & tip of nose.
- Hypothermia: Uncontrolled shivering; memory loss/confusion; difficulty speaking; loss of coordination; difficulty performing tasks; drowsiness & exhaustion.
Move victim to warm location.
Remove wet clothing, put on dry clothing and wrap the victim in a warm blanket.
Warm the center of the body first by giving the victim a warm, non-alcoholic drink provided the victim is conscious.
Do not rub/massage frostbitten skin.
Seek professional medical assistance immediately.