How To Prevent Hypothermia

Hypothermia: Effects And Prevention As the winter months approach, we must pay attention to anyone who might be working or playing in cold environments. Working in a cold environment can involve several adverse effects on human performance and health. Workers suffering from exposure to the cold can experience thermal discomfort, increased strain, decreased performance, and …

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How Cold Is Too Cold?

Extreme Cold And Its Dangers Anyone working in a cold environment may be at risk of cold stress. Some workers may be required to work outdoors in cold environments and for extended periods of time, for example, snow cleanup crews, sanitation workers, police officers, and emergency response and recovery personnel, like firefighters, and emergency medical …

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What Is Cold Stress?

The Dangers And Effects Of Cold Stress Cold stress or hypothermia can affect workers who are not protected against cold. The cold may occur naturally (e.g., from weather conditions) or be created artificially (e.g., from refrigerated environments). Cold is a physical hazard in many workplaces. When the body is unable to warm itself, serious cold-related …

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Exposure Limits For Working In The Cold

Are There Exposure Limits In Cold Environments? In the US, the legislation from some jurisdictions provides a range of acceptable temperatures for specific circumstances. Working in a cold environment can involve several adverse effects on human performance and health. Workers suffering from exposure to the cold can experience thermal discomfort, increased strain, decreased performance, and …

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Health Risks Of Working In The Cold

What Health Concerns Come With Cold Weather? The following chart from Environment Canada describes the health concerns and potential for frostbite when being outside at various temperatures. These recommendations consider all individuals who may be outside, including young children and the elderly. These recommendations may not match exposure values developed by other organizations that have …

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What Is Windchill?

Windchill And Its Effects At any temperature, you feel colder as the wind speed increases. The combined effect of cold air and wind speed is expressed simply as the “wind chill” temperature in degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit. It is essentially the air temperature that would feel the same on exposed human flesh as the given …

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Factors When Working In Cold Weather

What Modifies Our Response To The Cold? A cold environment challenges the worker in 3 ways: by air temperature, air velocity (wind speed), and humidity (wetness). In order to work safely, these challenges have to be counteracted by proper insulation (layered protective clothing), by physical activity, and by limited exposure to the cold (work/rest schedule). …

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