Feelings in your hands that is! Growing up my mom always said, “Cold hands mean a warm heart.” While that may be true, in an industrial setting, cold hands can mean a dangerous situation. It’s that time of year in many parts of the country where the early mornings and evening temperatures are a foreshadowing of the winter weather that is coming at us sooner than many would like. You know, that first snowy morning where you start cleaning your windshield and even though your gloves are in your trunk you press on because it will only take a minute? Cold temps on unprotected hands can be dangerous.
Like it or not, winter will be here before we all know it. And now is the best time to start thinking about your plan of attack in order to get out in front of it. No matter what winter looks like for you – be it blizzard conditions, brutally cold temperatures, or heavy rain – this change in working conditions is something that has to be prepared for to ensure you’re able to tackle the season head-on.
Cold Stress. The data doesn’t lie: Seasons are becoming more extreme. And the ever-increasing unpredictability of Mother Nature is making it harder than ever for workers exposed to her wild weather swings to prepare. It’s more important than ever to be able to properly identify the most common cold-related illnesses, knowing what treatments to seek and how to prevent them in the first place.
Cold weather can endanger lives and destroy the well being of workers whose jobs put them in the midst of frigid temperatures and extreme weather conditions. According to OSHA, protective clothing is recommended for work at or below 4 degrees Celsius or below 39.2 degree Fahrenheit.