Unfortunately, we are into one of those infamous stretches of Manitoba cold weather! Our industry is often working in these elements and it is important that you take the necessary precautions to avoid cold-weather related illnesses like hypothermia and frostbite.
To ensure that your workers stay safe and healthy during these frigid temperatures:
- Wear the proper clothing
- Take breaks often to warm up
- Eat or drink warm foods or beverages (avoid caffeine)
- Plan highway travel carefully and ensure workers have appropriate means of communication
- Avoid working alone
- Have emergency supplies ready
Also, ensure that workers working in extreme cold conditions are trained in the symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia so that problems can be addressed before they become major issues. Make sure you have the required number of people trained in first aid, so they can help your employees survive an emergency event.
Take precautions in cold weather both on the job and off. Look out for your co-workers as well as yourself. Stay safe and stay warm!