The winter months can be "merry" months yet also treacherous. Over the years employers have discovered that their employees miss more time from work as a result of "off-the-job" accidents than due to injuries experienced on the job. Many of these accidents occur during the winter holidays, as employees do things that they are not familiar with or haven't done "since last year." Fortunately, most of these accidents can be prevented. Our training products on Winter Safety show employees how to plan ahead, look for potential hazards and avoid dangerous situations that occur during the winter holiday season. Tis the season, yet keep it safe!
TIPS FOR WORKING DURING WINTER - Working during winter feels more like survival of the fittest than an everyday challenge. The risks are even tenfold for employees who have to work and drive outdoors. Here are five tips that should keep you safe during this trying season.
- Bring out those hands! - Don’t remove those gloves or mittens yet. I mean, just think twice before walking outside with your hands in your pockets. Why? Keeping your hands in your pockets increases the risk of you falling or completely losing your balance in case you slip while walking on ice or snow.
- Mittens VS. Gloves Gloves sure look fashionable but donning mittens can actually save your life. With your fingers touching each other inside mittens, they generate more body heat than when they’re inside gloves.
- Warm up before shoveling. Before you get rid of all the snow and ice at your workplace, do some stretching exercises first. You can also march in place or walk for a couple of minutes. With your muscles all warm, not only will you work more efficiently, you also reduce the risk of injuring yourself.
- Forget coffee and cigarettes. Before shoveling or doing any strenuous work, avoid caffeine and nicotine. They increase your heart rate and may cause your blood vessels to constrict.
- Rock salt + Kitty Litter = Safer walkways Have some rock salt and kitty litter on hand. Rock salt helps melt the ice on slippery surfaces. Kitty litter can act gives temporary traction.