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With snow scheduled for tomorrow, and with temperatures as low as -1 over the next few days, the risks of being exposed to the elements at work are numerous and dangerous. Below are some of Reliable Contractors top tips for working safely in the extreme cold:

Wear appropriate clothing

Remember to wear layers and thermals to ensure you can keep yourself warm but be careful not to wear restrictive layers as this could cause a hazardous working situation. Keeping your extremities covered is also essential to keep yourself warm.

Food and Drink

Be sure to drink hot drinks during your breaks, and to eat hot, high-calorie meals as this will help you warm up and stay warm.

Working with colleagues

Be sure to familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms of cold-induced illnesses and injuries and what to do to help workers. Familiarise yourself with the early and late stage symptoms of hypothermia which are listed below:

Early Stage

  •  Shivering
  •  Fatigue
  • Loss of coordination
  •  Confusion and disorientation

Late Stage

  • No shivering
  • Blue skin
  • Dilated pupils
  • Slowed pulse and breathing
  • Loss of consciousness

Hypothermia is a medical emergency. If not treated in the early stage, the condition will become life-threatening. Request immediate medical assistance if required.

You can find further information on hypothermia, the symptoms and treatment on the St Johns Ambulance website by clicking the link below:

Hypothermia symptoms and treatment information

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