Cold weather brings obvious risks to those who work outdoors. Less obvious: Cold indoor temperatures that cause employees to use space heaters. Here, we cover tips for keeping outdoor workers safe from cold weather hazards and for keeping indoor workers safe from fire hazards created by space heaters.
Outdoor Safety Risks
Those who manage outdoor workers must be vigilant in ensuring that the workers are protected from harsh winter elements.
Time outdoor work for the warmest part of the day, if possible.
Provide breaks in warm shelters for employees to get out of the cold.
Enclose work areas, if possible, e.g., wrap industrial plastic around the perimeter of the area.
Monitor the temperature and wind chill throughout the day. Stop outdoor operations if necessary.
Insulate tools. Using bare hands on cold tools can increase the risk of ergonomic injuries.
Check that employees are dressed appropriately. Id...(register to read more)