Cold weather precautions advised

By 27th SOW Safety Office

Winter adds its own hazards to regular safety concerns, so get ready to continue to work safely in winter weather by training to recognize and protect against its hazards.

How cold is too cold? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, cold stress can occur when the body is unable to warm itself. This can lead to tissue damage and possibly death. Four factors contribute to cold stress:

• Cold air temperatures

• High velocity air movement

• Dampness of the air

• Contact with cold water or surfaces