Cold Weather Work-Training/Controls

Companies must help prevent cold stress by training workers on:

  • How to recognize the environmental and workplace conditions that can lead to cold stress
  • The symptoms of cold stress, how to prevent it, and what to do to help affected workers including basic first aid
  • How to select proper clothing and PPE (Person Protective Equipment) for cold, wet, and windy conditions
  • Workers should be trained on the appropriate engineering controls in order to reduce cold stress

Employers should train workers on how to prevent and recognize cold stress illnesses and injuries and how to apply first aid treatment. Workers should be trained on the appropriate engineering controls, personal protective equipment and work practices to reduce the risk of cold stress.

Employers should provide engineering controls.For example, radiant heaters may be used to warm workers in outdoor security stations. If possible, shield work areas from drafts or wind to reduce wind chill.