Some areas of Europe have already experienced the harsh, sometimes damaging
effects of winter. With the cold weather upon us, the U.S. Department of
Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is encouraging
employers and employees to take necessary precautions to prevent and treat
cold-related health problems. Employees who work outside such as in
construction, commercial fishing, maritime and agriculture are especially
Exposure to freezing and cold temperatures for extended periods of time may
cause serious health problems such as trench foot, frostbite and hypothermia.
In extreme cases, including cold water submersion, exposure can lead to death.
Danger signs include uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements,
fatigue and confused behavior. If these signs are observed, call immediately
for emergency help.
OSHA's Cold Stress Card provides a reference guide and recommendations to
combat and prevent many cold weather-related illnesses and injuries. Available
in English and Spanish, this laminated card is free to employers, employees and
the public. Tips on how to protect employees include:
AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration