Autumn is here once more, and for crews across the country, that means cold working conditions are just around the corner. Just as summer presents its own set of safety concerns for outdoor workers, winter does, too. Is your team armed with proper cold weather safety information for the months ahead?
At General Chipping, we encourage everyone to do their due diligence and make their team’s safety a top priority. Luckily, organizations such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are here to help. Here are a few useful tips OSHA gives for keeping your workers safe once the cold sets in:
- Encourage proper attire when crews are on the job. This might include layered clothing, protective gloves and water-repellent jackets.
- Ask team members to take frequent breaks in warm, dry areas. This allows their bodies a chance to warm up.
- Plan work during the warmest times of the day.
- Have crew members consider what is going into their bodies. Warm, high-calorie foods like pasta are a great option, as are warm, sweet beverages. Ask them to avoid caffeinated or alcoholic drinks.
- Work in pairs. This way, someone is more likely to recognize signs of cold stress before the situation becomes a full-fledged emergency.
Of course, it doesn’t end there. OSHA offers other helpful information on keeping your crew safe in the cold. You can learn more on their website, or by taking advantage of their many free training materials.
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