Hot and Cold Weather Safety: 02. Cold Stress

Learning objectives

  • To explain what cold stress is
  • To give tips on how to avoid cold stress at work

Course overview

The weather is something that we all have to deal with, and it's something we have no control over, whether it's good or bad. Sometimes we have to work in very cold weather, or even cold indoor temperatures, which exposes us to potential stressors on our body. There are two major health conditions you need to be concerned about when working in the cold: hypothermia and frostbite. In this program, we'll talk about each of these kinds of cold stress and injury and what you should do if you or a colleague experiences these conditions.
  • 9 minutes
  • Format: Video
  • English
Course Outline
  • Recognize and Respond
  • Plan, Prepare, Prevent
  • Federal OSHA Emergency Preparedness, Cold Stress Guide
  • Federal OSHA Winter Weather Preparedness
  • Federal OSHA, Winter Weather, Cold Stress, 2012
  • Federal OSHA Quick Card, Protecting Workers from Cold Stress
  • CDC - Cold Stress - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Recreation, Adventure, and Wellness, Dressing for the Cold, 2012
  • Boating Safety and Safe Boating Blog, Surviving Cold Water Immersion, 2010
  • Mayo Clinic, First Aid, Frostbite, 2017
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention, NIOSH, Cold Stress - Cold Related Illnesses, 2016
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