Wrapping up our three-part blog series Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers, here we will present some final important safety information regarding what outdoor workers can do to keep themselves safe and ward off cold-induced illnesses this winter season.
While the first two parts of this blog series focused on discussing cold-induced illness and some general winter safety tips for outdoor workers (respectively), below, we will concentrate on some winter safety tips for outdoor workers that are specifically related to the protective clothing to wear while outdoors this winter.
Winter Safety Tips for Outdoor Workers: Protective Clothing for Cold Weather
What outdoor workers wear while they are outside can be critical to protecting them while they work. To this end, the following are some essential winter safety tips for outdoor workers that specifically focus on protective clothing:
Layer clothing – If possible, try to wear at least three layers of clothing so that your body stays insulated while you are outside. Wearing layers of clothing is also key to giving you the option to take off or put back on layers as needed. Another helpful tip when it comes to layering clothing is to make sure that the inner layer is silk, wool or synthetic, as these fabrics will wick moisture from your body, preventing you from becoming colder faster.
- Wear a hat or a hood – A lot of your body’s heat can escape through an uncovered head, so do your best to conserve your body temperature by covering your head with a hat and/or hood when you are working outside.
- Wear insulated footwear – Wearing boots or other footwear that is insulated can protect your feet not only from the cold but also from the damp outside conditions. This, consequently, can help you stave off trench foot while you stay warm outdoors in the winter.
- Bring extra clothes – This includes extra underwear and socks. Look, you never know when you may sweat all the way through your clothes, you may get wet (maybe because of rain or snow) or anything else may cause you to need a change of clothing. So, help yourself out by keeping a full change of clothing in your vehicle and/or your workplace area (like a locker) so that you have it to change into if or when you may need it.
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