Changing seasons can bring a plethora of hazards to a workplace, especially when it comes to winter weather. Some of the most common accidents that can occur as a result of winter conditions are slips, trips and falls.
Industrial work environments are not ideal for comfort. They are often hot, stuffy, and stifling. Factor in the appropriate PPE that many workers are required to wear, and regulating body temperature can become extremely difficult, if not impossible. Without preventative measures, the results can be fatal.
Superman doesn't sweat. It's something I recently found out. It doesn't make sense to me, but I guess that when you're pretty much invulnerable and you shoot laser beams from your eyes, it's no surprise that he doesn't overheat. For us mere mortals, we need to deal with the everyday occurrence of being susceptible to extreme temperatures.
Heat may get the headlines, but a study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that cold weather is 20 times as deadly as hot weather. That study corroborates a U.S. study that found cold kills more than double the number of Americans as heat does.
NIOSH's "Prevent Heat-Related Illness" poster states "Wearing PPE increases your risk for heat-related illnesses". Incorporating climate control into your employees' PPE could be the best way of preventing heat-related illness.
According to the Southeast Regional Climate Center, last summer we saw sweltering weather conditions, with record-breaking heat in more than 40 U.S. cities. New workers, temporary workers or those returning from time off are especially susceptible to heat-induced illnesses.
ESFI offers info on tornado, hurricane, flood readiness
July 17, 2013
Worried about the possibility of severe weather striking your area? Wondering how you’ll handle the consequences? The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has launched a new collection of severe weather safety resources that will enable people to prepare for storm-related hazards and lower the risk of deaths, injuries and property loss.