It’s October already. And that means that here in the US, cold weather is on its way once again. Brrr.
And that also means it’s a good idea and a good time to consider how well prepared you and your workforce are for the lower temperatures.
Dealing with the cold weather may seem like something we all know about. But the truth is that people suffer from hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot, and other cold-related problems every year. And it’s almost always avoidable.
So, we’ve pulled together some helpful resources for you about cold stress, frostbite, working in the cold, and generally keeping safe in the cold. They’re drawn from various sources, including OSHA, the Department of Labor, AAA, National Public Radio, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and more. Hopefully you’ll find one or more of these helpful.
Stay safe and stay warm, friend!
And hey, here’s a nice tune to listen to when the temps really begin to drop: Baby, it’s cold outside. I like that version, don’t you?
Materials To Get You & Your Workers Ready for Winter, the Cold, and Cold Stress (Avoiding Cold Stress, that Is)
Here are some resources you’ll find helpful. If you know of other helpful resources related to cold stress, we ask that you put the links in the comments section below.
- OSHA’s Winter Weather Safety & Health Topic Page
- OSHA’s Cold Stress Guide
- Tips for Driving in the Snow from AAA
- Tips for Surviving in Your Snowbound Car in an Emergency
- Frostbite Tips from NPR
- More Tips for Keeping Safe in Cold and Snow from the American Academy of Pediatrics
You may also want to add an online training element at work to help your workers prepare for the cold weather. Check out the sample of our Cold Stress eLearning course below.
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