The first day of winter is Friday, December 21 and SMACNA members are urged to supply their employees with information and training on the real health hazards of working in cold environments.
To help protect outdoor workers from winter’s frigid temperatures, SMACNA’s Guide to Safety and Health Policies, Procedures, and Model Programs provides guidelines on defending against the dangerous winter hazards of working in extremely cold temperatures.
OSHA also offers a cold stress guide that answers such questions as: How cold is too cold? What are the risk factors that contribute to cold stress? How does the body react to cold conditions? What are the most common cold induced illnesses/injuries? What is hypothermia? What can be done for a person suffering from hypothermia?
OSHA offers a free template for producing “Protecting Workers from Cold Stress” cards for vehicles and the jobsite. These convenient cards summarize risk factors and offer prevention tips every employer should know.
For more information, email Mike McCullion, SMACNA’s director of market sectors and safety, at email@example.com.