Although winter is coming to an end, it is still mighty chilly out there! Cold weather can expose your employees to a number of hazards, such as falls, hypothermia, and frostbite. However, many of these injuries can be prevented by encouraging your employees to prepare for cold conditions.
Make sure your employees adhere to the following safety practices:
Keep work areas clear of snow, ice or water that can flash freeze. This is especially true for walkways and stairways.
Mark an unsafe area with temporary signage or barricades if it cannot be addressed and cleared immediately.
Instruct employees who will be working in cold climates to wear footwear with heavy treads and vests or jackets with reflective patterns.
Tell employees to be aware of the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite, including shivering, lack of coordination, and stinging or burning sensations on the skin.