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NIOSH Reminds Workers of Cold Safety

February 04, 2019

NIOSH Reminds Workers of Cold Safety

With winter in full-swing nationwide, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reminds workers whose job requires them to work outdoors in cold, wet, icy, or snowy conditions to “be prepared and be aware” to prevent cold-related illnesses and injuries such as hypothermia and frostbite.

   Anyone who has to work in a cold environment may be at risk of cold-related illnesses and injuries, or “cold stress.” Workers who may not be able to avoid working outdoors in cold weather could include police officers, snow cleanup crews, sanitation workers, farmers, construction workers, and many others. Workers face increased risks when they take certain medications, are in poor physical condition, or suffer from illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. For outdoor workers, what constitutes cold stress and its effects can vary across different parts of the country. In regions where workers are unaccustomed to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered factors for cold stress.
   —Please see https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-01-23-19.html for more on this.