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Safety Topic:  Avoiding Cold Stress


Wear appropriate clothing:

  • Layer – wear several layers of clothing that is loose.  This provides better insulation; tight clothing restricts blood circulation.

Remember your face, ears, hands and feet in cold weather:

  • Wear a hat – it provides warmth to the entire body by reducing the amount of body heat escaping.
  • Wear boots that are waterproof and insulated.

Just like when it is very hot outside – take breaks when it very cold outside.

Cold-related illness:

  • Hypothermia:  this happens when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it.  Eventually your body temperature becomes abnormally low and affects the brain.  Move the person to a warm area as soon as possible and request medical assistance.
  • Frostbite: this is an injury to the body caused by freezing and it can permanently damage body tissue.  Do NOT rub or massage the frostbitten area, rather immerse the affected area in warm (but not hot) water.

For more information visit:  NIOSH