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Cold Weather Safety Tips to Keep Employees Safe in the Elements

Cold weather safety is important to remember at this time of year. With last weeks major snowfall marking the beginning of another long winter season, it’s a good time to go over safety procedures with your employees that work outside in the elements. To help your employees stay safe and secure, here are a few methods to protect them against the icy weather:

  1. Be sure that employees in extremely cold conditions take frequent, short breaks in warm dry shelters to allow their bodies to warm up
  2. Educate your workers about cold-induced illnesses and injuries
  3. Try to schedule work for the warmest part of the day
  4. Have employees use the buddy system and work in pairs so that one employee can recognize danger signs in another
  5. Cold weather safety includes educating and encouraging employees to wear proper clothing for cold, wet and windy conditions, including layers that can be adjusted to changing conditions
  6. Make sure workers do not exert themselves to the point of exhaustion or fatigue because energy is needed to keep muscles warm
  7. Make sure employees stay hydrated with warm, sweet beverages (sports-type drinks) and avoid drinks with caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas or hot chocolate) or alcohol
  8. Inform employees to eat warm, high-calorie foods such as hot pasta dishes

We at Security Specialists Want You and Your Workers to Stay Safe this Winter Season!

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