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Winter worker’s checklist


This blog  is where Onsite Safety Management strives to offer up to date information on all aspects of workplace safety. 

Winter worker’s checklist

Onsite Safety Management Inc.

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Could Be a Cold One

The long range prairie forecast from the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting cold weather and snow pretty early on this season. If you work outside or even if you spend a decent amount of time outdoors in your commute to work, it’s best to prepare for the season in advance.

Use Toolbox Meeting to Prepare Employees

In the case of construction work, it is worthwhile to use your toolbox meetings as a place to remind all employees of the risks and hazards associated with cold weather work. Remind them what type of equipment they will be expected to bring and what will be provided.

Checklist for cold weather work:

  • Layered shirts

  • Thermal base layers

  • Winter boots

  • Thick socks

  • Warm gloves with shell and liner for finer work

  • Face mask

  • Heat packs

  • Goggles

  • Insulated jacket with hood

  • Toque

  • Access to warm beverages

  • Weather App

  • Emergency weather alert

  • Emergency SOS system for isolated work

  • Vehicle with working heater

  • Thermos for warm beverages or soup

If you’re working outdoors everyday you’re going to want multiples of most of these items.

Worksite checklist for cold weather:

  • Evaluate tasks for exposure to weather

  • Employee training on cold weather

  • Employee training on frostbite and hypothermia

  • Properly stocked first aid kits

  • Emergency procedures are known

  • Proper cold weather maintenance of tools

  • Proper housekeeping on sites so dangerous debris isn’t buried under snow drifts

  • Entrance and exits kept clear of snow drifts and ice

  • Salt or sand on hand for ice patches

  • Wind barriers where applicable

  • All work is performed in pairs when outdoors for extended periods of time

  • Electric Heaters for warm up enclosure

While it is the employers responsibility to ensure the safety and proper conditions for employees, it never hurts to be sure everything has been taken care of and bring up any concerns you might have. REMEMBER: you have the right to refuse work you feel is unsafe.