Winter is about to get a whole lot chillier over the next week. Cold, arctic air from the northern-most regions of Canada and Alaska is about to swoop down and turn the five boroughs into a winter wonderland. While that might be a great opportunity for you to take the kids out sledding or a snowball fight, it can make working outside downright dangerous. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive list of winter weather safety tips that should make the next couple months a lot less troublesome.
OSHA’s Top 10 Winter Weather Safety Tips for NY Contractors
OSHA or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has made it a priority to make sure that contractors who are working during the winter months are prepared for what the cold has in store. A few years ago they published a cold stress card which, we still feel is one of the best points of reference for those contractors who decide to operate during the winter. Here are their top 10 winter weather safety tips for NY contractors.
Take note of the environment. If it looks too dangerous, re-evaluate and plan accordingly.
Understand the signs of cold-induced illnesses and injuries (such as hypothermia). It will save you and your employees during a time of emergency.
Train your employees on how to identify cold-induced injuries and illnesses because they will need to know how to react if you’re not around.
Encourage employees to wear proper winter clothing if they are planning on working in frigid conditions.
5. Take Breaks
Sometimes the slower party wins the race. Short, frequent, sheltered breaks will help your employees stay warm. They’ll also be more physically and mentally acute.
Try to work during the warmest part of the day in order to avoid costly setbacks and injuries.
Avoid exhaustion which can occur easily when energy is expelled to keep muscles warm. The warmer your employees are the more productive they’ll be.
8. Use the Buddy System
Accidents happen, but with the buddy system your employees will be able to identify danger signs much more easily.
9. Eat Warm, Drink Warm
Warm, high calorie foods (like pasta) and warm, sweet, de-caffeinated beverages are excellent at keeping the body at a desirable temperature in frigid conditions.
Their may be an increased risk of injury if employees are taking certain medications, are ill or are unfit for work. So, make remember who is best suited for you.
We hope our top 10 winter weather safety tips for NY contractors will keep you and your employees safe over the next couple months. If you have any further questions please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-649-9094. We look forward to hearing from you!