Working in the Cold: When is Cold TOO Cold? November 21 2018

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has released a helpful guide for working in the cold. As the guide explains, employers can take measures to protect workers from extreme temperatures by understanding exposure limits, knowing the danger signs and recognizing how to prevent them. Other suggestions include:

  • Plan breaks from the cold in warm dry shelters;
  • Drink warm beverages and eat warm, high-calorie foods;
  • Dress for the conditions by protecting the ears, face, hands and feet;
  • Adjusting your work schedule to the cold or changing weather; and
  • Work in pairs so that one worker can recognize the danger signs.

Being aware of the potential danger signs will help when working in cold conditions such as uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, confused behaviour, etc. To view these limits as well as the CCOHS guide, please view the Guides section of our website.