Outdoor temperatures can be frigid in New Jersey during winter. People who are working in these conditions should be prepared for each shift. There are some important safety considerations that can’t be bypassed if you’re out working in the cold.
One of the most important things outdoor workers can do is to wear layered clothing that helps them to stay warm.
At least three layers is ideal
The first should be moisture-wicking material. The second should be insulating. The outer layer should be protection from wind, rain, and snow. A face and head covering, as well as gloves, can also help you to remain warm while working outdoors.
Staying hydrated is important during the winter. You may not realize it, but you lose a lot of moisture from your body during the winter, even when you don’t feel warm. If you’re really bundled up and start to sweat, you’ll lose moisture and have heat loss. It’s a good idea to bring an extra set of clothing to work with you in case you sweat profusely and need a change of clothes.
Use a warming station
Outdoor work sites should have some sort of warming station available. This might be an indoor location or a warm vehicle with the heater on. The colder the weather, the more often you’ll need to get into the warming station.
Workers who suffer from hypothermia, frostbite, or other cold weather-related conditions at work should get prompt medical care. Workers’ compensation should cover the cost of that care. Workers who have severe injuries and those who can’t return to work right away may qualify for other benefits.