Going to work presents the risk of injury or even death, depending on your occupation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018, there were 5,250 fatal work injuries recorded.
This risk of injury or death at work increases if you work outside in harsh weather conditions, particularly in the winter. These tips can help you work safely outside when temperatures drop below freezing.
1. Protect your face, ears and hands
When you go to work outside in the cold, try to expose as little of your skin as possible to the environment. Wear boots that are waterproof and insulated, always wear and hat and do not forget to put on your gloves.
2. Wear the right clothing
You should wear several layers of clothing while working outside in the winter. Each of your layers should fit loosely so you do not restrict blood circulation as you work. Be careful about wearing anything that could restrict your movement as this could also create a dangerous hazard.
3. Take frequent breaks
You should take frequent breaks throughout your workday to allow your body to rest. Always take these breaks in a heated, dry shelter so your body has the opportunity to warm up after periods of exposure.
4. Fuel your body
Your body needs plenty of energy to maintain your body temperature and keep you warm throughout your workday. Plan meals with warm, high-calorie foods and as you go throughout your day, stay hydrated with warm beverages, like tea or coffee.