YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY PROTOCOL TO AVOID HYPOTHERMIA
Follow these tips to avoid cold stress or cold-induced illnesses or injuries.
Train Employees for the Cold and Changing Weather
In these colder days, workers must be trained not only about cold-induced illnesses and injuries, but also to determine environmental or work site conditions that may cause cold stress.
They should be especially trained in recognizing the signs and symptoms of cold stress or cold-induced injuries like hypothermia and frostbite.
Here are signs and symptoms of hypothermia:
- Cool skin
- Slower, irregular breathing
- Slower heartbeat
- Weak pulse
- Uncontrollable shivering
- Severe shaking
- Rigid muscles
- Slurred speech
- Memory lapses
The following are signs and symptoms of frostbite: