7 Winter Workplace Safety Tips
The proper awareness and presence of mind required to ensure workplace safety is a year-round responsibility of all employees, but the colder months come with their own unique set of hazards. So, ’tis the season to stay safe!
Here are seven helpful tips for both field and office workers for this winter:
- Appropriate footwear – Choose footwear with intact, visible treads when navigating icy or wet surfaces. Waterproof and insulated boots are a great choice for field workers in cold climate regions.
- Anticipate slippery surfaces – Whether you’re just crossing the parking lot, entering a building or working outdoors, look before you step. If you have to cross slippery or icy conditions, walk flatly and with a slight squat to center your balance.
- Avoid distractions when driving – When driving in winter weather, avoid distractions such as cellphone use to stay alert. Awareness of your surroundings can save your life.
- Steady does it – If you’re physically laboring outdoors, whether shoveling or otherwise, be careful to avoid overexertion. Stretching beforehand to avoid muscle injury is always a good idea as well. Bend with your knees to avoid back injury.
- Dress appropriately – Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows full range of movement. Keep your head covered to prevent loss of precious body heat. Wear brightly colored clothing to increase visibility if working near traffic or heavy equipment.
- Stay hydrated – Not only can dehydration cause dizziness and fainting, it can contribute to muscle injury as well. Cold weather doesn’t offer a break from summer’s dehydration — it’s just as rough on your body’s fluids. Try to avoid excess caffeine and drink water before you begin to feel thirsty.
- Office fire safety – Space heaters should never be used in an office setting. Also, be sure to clear office heat grates of all paper, boxes and other flammable debris.
Keep this advice in mind this winter season to avoid an injury. Remember: Safety first!