Picking up where Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers (Pt. 1) left off, below, we will continue to discuss some important things outdoor workers and employers should be aware of as the winter season fast approaches.
While the first part of this blog series focused on pointing out the specific risks and dangers outdoor workers have to deal with during the winter, here, we will start highlighting tips that can keep outdoor workers safe in the harsh winter conditions.
Essential Winter Safety Tips: How Outdoor Workers Can Protect Themselves This Winter
The following winter safety tips can be helpful – if not life-saving – for construction workers, snow crews, law enforcement officials, postal workers and others who regularly work outdoors during the winter season:
- Be familiar with the signs and symptoms of cold-induced injuries and ailments (like frostbite and hypothermia), and know how to appropriately respond when these conditions arise.
- Take frequent, short breaks to allow yourself to spend some time indoors/in warm conditions so your body can warm up periodically throughout a cold day (or a cold shift).
- Try to schedule outdoor work for the warmer parts of the day.
- Do not work until exhaustion sets in, as your body needs some energy to keep itself warm while you are working outdoors.
- Buddy up with a co-worker so that each of you are looking out for each other when it comes to cold-induced health complications.
- Stay hydrated and nourished so that your body has sufficient resources to keep itself warm as your work outside in the cold.
- Do your best to avoid consuming alcohol and/or smoking, as these habits can impact your body’s ability to keep itself warm in the cold winter conditions.
We will wrap up this discussion about winter safety tips for outdoor workers in the conclusion to this blog series that will be published soon – be sure to look for it!
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