In the Midwest, it’s never too early to start thinking about winter safety. The upcoming drop in temperatures can cause safety issues for your workers and potential damage to your equipment. Making sure workers are properly equipped and educated in safety precautions to take during cold weather can help reduce accidents and keep your jobsite or facility running smoothly.
Watch out for Cold-Induced Health Issues
Extreme cold is known to cause various illnesses, but did you know workers can still suffer from many cold-related illnesses even at above freezing temperatures? Strong winds and damp environments can cause body temperatures to drop to dangerous levels. Learn more about some of the illnesses to guard your workers against this winter.
Put the Coffee Down
Coffee can make you feel warm, but unfortunately it doesn’t actually warm your body. Because the beverage is hot and the caffeine increases the heart rate, coffee just gives an illusion of warmth, which can cause more harm than good. Encourage your workers to stay hydrated with water or an electrolyte drink as the temperatures start to drop.
Suit Up For the Cold
Safety gear is required when working in hazardous environment, and proper winter gear should be required when working in hazardously cold environments. Staying warm and dry makes a huge difference in your workers’ health.
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Limit Exposure to the Cold
Keep your eye on the weather so you can know when the weather starts to get dangerous. When it’s extremely cold, make sure workers can have frequent, short breaks in a warm environment. If possible, schedule work in the warmest part of the day to minimize their exposure outdoors. You can download a weather app to your smartphone so you have up-to-date forecasts at your fingertips.
Watch Your Step
With winter comes slippery surfaces and an increased potential for trips and falls. Equip your workers with appropriate footwear to keep them upright. French Gerleman has a wide selection of shoes and boots which provide the grip they need, and can keep their feet warm and dry this winter.
Clear off the Snow First
Winter weather can bring a host of new hazards every day, from slippery surfaces to fallen branches. Supervisors should inspect the workplace before work begins to check for any hazards that need to be addressed. Clear snow and ice away before starting the job, and salt large areas of ice as needed. Taking the time to prepare the workplace at the beginning of the day will save you time later.
Don’t Forget Your Vehicles
Vehicles also can suffer damage due to cold, and should be checked to ensure they are working properly before use. Make sure every vehicle is equipped with a winter emergency and first aid kits in case of an accident.
Simple precautions can make all the difference when dealing with cold weather. Remember, our weather can be erratic, so don’t get caught by surprise. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your French Gerleman Account Manager today to learn more!