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Whenever temperatures drop significantly below normal, and wind speed increases, heat rapidly leaves your body. This can lead to serious weather-related health problems such as frostbite, chilblains, trench foot, and hypothermia. While workers in the construction, agriculture, maritime, and commercial fishing industries are often exposed to the most extreme risks, cold stress is not exclusive to outdoor workers. People who work in cold storage or food processing, as well as those in facilities without heat or insulation can also get affected.

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In consistently cold conditions, you want an insulated jacket that is warm but not to the point that you sweat (which can lead to hypothermia). If the weather will get progressively warmer, opt for a lighter coat with multiple layers under.

Head coverings provide critical protection for your most valuable tool: You. Hardhats come in many configurations and can often be worn over a hood or beanie for winter layering.

Gloves are essential for workers working in cold conditions. As with jackets, the right glove for the weather or environment ensure warmth without perspiration while maintaining dexterity to complete tasks.

Slips and falls can lead to injuries, loss of productivity, and potential for lawsuits. Traction devices can often be worn over conventional snow and work boots to make sure you keep a sure footing in icy conditions.

Ways to Prevent Cold Stress

The best way to avoid Cold Stress is through preparation, education, and monitoring.


Preparation includes dressing appropriately with hats, gloves, and waterproof boots, having a warm break area setup and pre-heated, and hot coffee and liquids ready.


Education is important because when everyone knows what the causes of cold stress are and how to identify the symptoms, identifying the early stages or preventing it all together is easier. Use the buddy system and frequent health checks to monitor how your employees are handling the cold weather.