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OSHA Offers Tips to Protect Wokers in cold Environment

Now that it is winter, OSHA is reminding employers and workers to take necessary precautions, such as those listed on OSHA’s Cold Stress Card, to prevent and treat cold-related health problems. Workers in construction are among those who need to take precautions.



Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, frostbite and hypothermia. In extreme cases, including cold water immersion, exposure can lead to death. Danger signs include uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements, fatigue and confused behavior. If these signs are observed, call for emergency help.



OSHA’s Cold Stress Card provides a reference guide and recommendations to combat and prevent many illnesses and injuries. Available in English and Spanish, this laminated fold-up card is free to employers, workers and the public.



Remember, workers face increased risks when they take certain medications, are in poor physical condition or suffer from illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease.


For free copies of OSHA’s Cold Stress Card in English or Spanish, go to OSHA’s Web site, www.osha.gov, or call (800) 321-OSHA.

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