SUB ZERO WEATHER DANGERS FOR WORKERS
Workers who are exposed to extreme cold or work in cold environments may be at risk of cold stress. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme cold weather is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as those without shelter, outdoor workers, and those who work in an area that is poorly insulated or without heat. What constitutes cold stress and its effects can vary across different areas of the country. In regions relatively unaccustomed to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered factors for “cold stress.” Whenever temperatures drop decidedly below normal and as wind speed increases, heat can more rapidly leave your body. These weather-related conditions may lead to serious health problems.
Recommendations for Workers
Workers should avoid exposure to extremely cold temperatures when possible. When cold environments or temperatures can not be avoided, workers should follow these recommendations to protect themselves from cold stress:
- Wear appropriate clothing.
- Wear several layers of loose clothing. Layering provides better insulation.
- Tight clothing reduces blood circulation. Warm blood needs to be circulated to the extremities.
- When choosing clothing, be aware that some clothing may restrict movement resulting in a hazardous situation.
- Make sure to protect the ears, face, hands and feet in extremely cold weather.
- Boots should be waterproof and insulated.
- Wear a hat; it will keep your whole body warmer. (Hats reduce the amount of body heat that escapes from your head.)
- Move into warm locations during work breaks; limit the amount of time outside on extremely cold days.
- Carry cold weather gear, such as extra socks, gloves, hats, jacket, blankets, a change of clothes and a thermos of hot liquid.
- Include a thermometer and chemical hot packs in your first aid kit.
- Avoid touching cold metal surfaces with bare skin.
- Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers.
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WHERE PEOPLE ARE HEADING NEW YEARS EVE
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4. New York City
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7. New Orleans
9. Washington, DC
10. Salt Lake City
The Denver Broncos host Kansas City today. You can catch all the action live on 55 Country, with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2:15. A win today over the Chiefs would give the Broncos an 11-game winning streak and a 13-3 record. Currently, the Broncos are behind the Houston Texans to grab the number 1 seed in the AFC, because the Broncos lost the head-to-head match-up between the teams. But if the Texans lose to the Colts today, the Broncos will snatch the number 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.