Workers may be required to work outdoors in cold environments and for extended periods and many workers may not know the signs and symptoms of cold stress, including conditions such as hypothermia, frostbite or trench foot.
If your job requires you to work outside in cold weather, it’s even more critical for you to be not only prepared with the proper gear to keep you safe from the dangers of the job, but also with proper clothing to keep you safe from the dangers of the cold.
Workers in cold weather can be exposed to serious health problems such as hypothermia, frostbite and trench foot. In certain instances, workers exposed to severe weather without personal protection equipment can also suffer shock that could lead to death.
A winter weather emergency policy should be part of a comprehensive emergency preparedness program that gives employees guidelines on what to expect during severe weather events.
With the increase of holiday merchandise shopping, so does the increase in potential hazards for workers. Employers should take the appropriate increased actions to protect temporary and full-time workers filling customer orders, delivering packages, preparing or serving food, and managing crowds.
The seasonal time change creates a higher risk for injuries at work. Employers and staff should be aware of the possible effects on safety caused by the loss of sleep brought on by the daylight saving time changes.
In October, OSHA announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018. While Fall Protection and Hazard Communication continues to top the agency’s list, this year, Eye and Face Protection entered at #10.
Unions offer a safety and health advantage in the construction industry. According to a survey commissioned by CPWR, construction firms that employ at least some union workers are more likely to perform safety best practices and undergo OSHA training than those with no union employees.
The Year in U.S. Occupational Health & Safety 2018 report documents some of the most notable events, legislation, news stories, and research of the last year.
September is National Preparedness Month and is a perfect time to develop and discuss how to implement a plan to keep workers safe when emergencies or disasters occur in the workplace. The best way to protect workers is to expect the unexpected and to carefully develop an emergency action plan to guide everyone in the workplace when immediate action is necessary.