Healthy Tip of the Week (HTW): March 6 - March 12

GHHEditor March 9th

When you're working in the cold, be prepared and be aware!

When workers do jobs in the cold, there are many risks. Some cold weather dangers are obvious, but others are harder to see. Bitter cold and howling winds can harm you, but did you know that you could suffer cold-related illness and injuries when it is as warm as 60°F?

There are many symptoms of illness and injuries that are caused by the cold such as:

  • shivering
  • fatigue
  • loss of coordination
  • confusion
  • numbness in hands and feet
  • aching, tingling, or stinging
  • redness of skin

What can I do to protect myself from the cold?

  • Be aware of your own physical condition and that of your coworkers.
  • Wear appropriate clothing. It's better to layer up loose clothing than tight clothing. Tight clothing can reduce blood circulation to extremities like arms and legs.
  • Protect your ears, face, hands, and feet in extremely cold or wet weather. Boots should be waterproof and insulated.
  • Wear a hat to keep your body from lowing heat from your head.
  • Move into a warm location during breaks.
  • Carry extra socks, gloves, hats, a jacket, blankets, a change of clothes, and a thermos of hot liquid.
  • Include chemical hot packs in your first aid kit.
  • Avoid touching cold metal surfaces with bare skin.

If you have to work in the cold, always wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather. Remember that spending too much time in cold temperatures could cause you to make poor decisions or react more slosly than normal. Tell your supervisor if you are not dressed warmly enough. Pay attention to warning signs and symptoms of hypothermia, frostbite, and other cold-related illnesses and injuries. To learn more about these conditions, visit the CDC website.

For more information on getting clothing for the cold weather, visit the New York Cares website.

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