Outdoor work requires proper preparation, especially in severe winter weather conditions. Although OSHA does not have a specific standard that covers working in cold environments, employers have a responsibility to provide workers with employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards, including winter weather related hazards, which are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to them.
With the cold weather upon is, it is time to BRACE for the cold weather working conditions. What does that mean for you? TRAIN your employees!
At a minimum train your workers on:
- Cold Stress:
- How to recognize the symptoms of cold stress, prevent cold stress injuries and illnesses
- The importance of self-monitoring and monitoring coworkers for symptoms
- First aid and how to call for additional medical assistance in an emergency
- How to select proper clothing for cold, wet, and windy conditions
- Likely winter weather conditions and the associated weather advisories
- Your cold-weather safety plans and procedures
REMINDER – Use the Cold Awareness Toolbox Talk topics we sent for this month:
- Brace. Training for Cold Weather
- Brace. Layering System
- Brace. Winter Weather Precipitation
- Brace. Winter Weather Advisories