Tips for working in the cold and winter weather
Working in the cold weather can be uncomfortable and dangerous, especially if working outdoors. Therefore, it is important to look after yourself and take some extra precautions.
We have put together a few simple tips to help you this winter.
- Wrap up warm!
It’s the obvious thing to do and the easiest way to protect yourself against the cold. Layer up with suitable clothing and suitable PPE for the conditions. Layering up your clothing will help to stop body heat from escaping and help to keep you warm.
If you get wet in cold weather, you’ll get cold quickly. Wet clothes make it difficult to retain body heat. If you are out in wet winter weather, make sure you wear a waterproof top layer to stay dry. And if you do get wet, dry off and change into a dry set of clothes to get warm again.
You can also look into special footwear for when you have to stand for long periods on cold floors.
- Be aware of cold stress
Be aware of the symptoms of cold stress and take actions to prevent illness from the cold. If you are struggling with the cold and start shivering then stop, warm up and add layers or change into warmer clothes. Ignoring the early signs that your body is struggling could lead to more serious problems.
Look out for:
- Pale cold skin
- Fast breathing
- Slurred speech
- Have hot drinks and hot snacks
Drink plenty of warm drinks to keep hydrated and help your body to warm up. Also having hot snacks will help maintain body temperature along with giving your body that extra energy boost.
- Use Heating
Consider workplace heating such as portable heaters. Especially in rest areas where you need to warm up during your breaks.
- Take regular breaks and warm up
Take regular breaks to allow yourself to get hot drinks and warm up in heated areas. Breaks give you the opportunity to change gloves, socks and other clothing that may of became wet.