The recent cold snap has forced millions of people to seek shelter indoors, however, many workers must brave the sub-zero temps and the hazards that come with them. Cumulatively referred to as cold stress, the two primary concerns to watch for when the mercury dips are hypothermia and frostbite. Workers experiencing cold stress are also at heightened risk for other injuries in the workplace due to discomfort, reduced mental alertness, reduced muscle strength, joint stiffness and distraction. Here we’ll give you some tips for recognizing and treating cold stress conditions.
When to Watch for Cold Stress
Cold stress can occur at temperatures above freezing because wind, humidity and moisture all remove body heat. Cold typically affects the body’s extremities such as hands, feet and the face as these areas are the furthest away from the body’s core and have less circulation of blood, which keeps you warm. Susceptibility to cold varies from [Read more…] about Tips for Recognizing and Treating Cold Stress Conditions