Employees who work in a cold environment could be at risk of cold stress and injuries. These problems are especially common during winter months. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) doesn’t have a standard that covers working in cold environments, but employers are responsible for providing a workplace that is safe and free of recognized hazards.
Consider these tips to keep employees safe and productive when they’re working outside:
- Schedule heavy work during warmer parts of the day and assign employees to work in pairs so they can monitor each other for signs of cold stress.
- Give frequent breaks in warm, dry areas and keep workers hydrated with warm, sweet beverages, such as sugar water or sports drinks. If an employee shows signs of cold-related stress or injuries, it’s important to get him or her to warmth immediately.
Download the toolbox talk below to let your workers know about the dangers of cold stress and what they can do to stay safe.
Make It Personal: Show employees where their designated warm and dry rest area is and where they can get warm beverages.
Looking for tips on how to give a talk? Check out this blog post.