Did You Know Winter Hydration Is Important?
With winter kicking off a bit earlier than normal in many parts of the country, now is a good time to revisit general jobsite safety best practices for working in cold weather. Here are a few of the basics to keep in mind:
- Dress for the weather.
- Invest in quality gloves, socks, and boots.
- Wear layers so you can adjust for changing conditions.
- Stay dry with a wicking base layer and waterproof outer layer.
- Cover as much of your exposed skin as you can, including your head.
- Stay well nourished.
- Take extra warming breaks.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the most common cold-induced illnesses and injuries including hypothermia and frostbite.
- Stay hydrated. It may not seem like it but, it’s just as important in cold weather as in hot weather.
Take a few minutes to review the following resources to help keep everyone on your jobsites safe this winter:
- Safety Resources for Working in Winter Weather
- Veteran Framer Offers Advice on Dealing with Cold
- OSHA’s Winter Weather Resource Page
- CDC Podcast: Working in the Cold
Do you have a recommendation for winter gear that is well worth the investment or a pro tip that makes working in winter weather more bearable? Email us to share your suggestions or provide additional suggestions for how to thrive in the cold.