As we all know February is notorious for bitterly cold weather. Even though there are no particular OSHA standards that cover working in cold weather, employers have a responsibility for providing a safe working environment for their employees. Ice, Snow and cold weather can cause serious harm to employees. Here are a couple of tips for creating a safer working environment in the colder times of the year:
Train employees to recognize the symptoms of cold stress and how to prevent cold stress injuries and illnesses.
How to select proper clothing for cold, wet, and windy conditions.
Providing warming areas for use during breaks.
Schedule outside work during the warmest part of the day
Providing warm liquids to workers.
Monitoring the weather conditions during a winter storm and providing a reliable means of communication with workers.
To help prevent slips, trips, and falls, employers should ensure the parking lot is cleared from snow and ice.
Be familiar with your local weather station and broadcasts. They will alert you before a winter storm hits.
Don’t fall victim to winter storms. If you need any assistance with preparing for cold weather STEP would be happy to help. Contact us at (270) 753- 6529 to assist in your needs today.