Picking up from How Outdoor Workers Can Protect Themselves in the Cold (Part 1)¸ here is some additional information regarding what outdoor workers should do to prevent themselves from sustaining serious cold weather injuries this winter season. While Part 1 of this blog focused on discussing some of the specific elements of the cold that lead to hypothermia and other serious cold weather injuries, here in Part 2, we will take a closer look at winter safety tips for outdoor workers.
- Tip 1: Wear the proper protective clothing – Before going out in cold winter weather conditions to start work for the day, outdoor workers should make sure that they are wearing the necessary protective clothing that will keep them safe. Here, the acronym COLD can help them remember what they need to wear. This acronym represents the following:
- C – Clean, meaning that winter clothing should be kept clean
- O – Overheating, which should be prevented when selecting outdoor wear (This means that outdoor workers should choose clothing that will breath well and insulate them properly without causing them to sweat excessively and overheat.)
- L – Loose and layered, which are two golden rules for winter clothing for outdoor workers (While loose clothing will allow the skin to breathe, layers allow for more effective control of body temperature, as workers can take off or add layers as they see fit.)
- D – Dry, which refers to keeping all clothing free from moisture, which can turn into ice and immediately drop body temperatures in cold weather conditions.
- Tip 2: Stay hydrated – Drinking plenty of water and other liquids that can replenish the body’s electrolytes is another important factor in warding off cold weather injuries. This is because, when outdoor workers are hydrated, their bodies will be able to effective regulate their temperatures and will, as a result, be less susceptible to hypothermia.
- Tip 3: Make sure you are getting the proper nutrition – Along with being hydrated, being properly nourished is important to ensuring that outdoor workers’ bodies are able to effective combat the cold.
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