Toolbox Talk: Safety in the Cold Weather Means Being Aware of Frostbite
Need a toolbox talk on cold weather safety? You’ll love this topic! It reminds your crew about the risk of frostbite from working in the cold.
Do you know the signs of frostbite? Usually, your skin will become white and you won’t have much circulation. In the worst possible scenario, blisters can actually form. This sounds terrible, but you won’t feel any pain. If you have signs of frostbite, it’s important that it’s treated properly. The first thing you need to do is warm-up. You can add extra clothing or cover up with a blanket. Make sure you also get out of the cold and into a warm location. When inside, you can put the frostbitten area in warm water (not hot). Remove any wet or tight clothing that may cut off blood flow to the affected area. DO NOT rub the affected area because rubbing causes damage to the skin and tissue. The cold weather is here to stay for a while yet, so keep your guard up against cold weather injuries.
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