Toolbox Talk: Beware of the Potential for Hypothermia While Working in Cold Weather
Need a toolbox talk on working in the cold weather? Check out the message below which reminds workers to recognize and protect themselves from hypothermia.
When working outdoors in the cold weather, you need to keep your safety in mind. Hypothermia can set in when your normal body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. You may notice signs including fatigue, drowsiness, uncontrolled shivering, cold bluish skin, slurred speech, clumsy movements, and even confusion. Hypothermia is a medical emergency and emergency assistance must be called (911). Until emergency personnel arrives, please move the person to a warm, dry area. Remove any wet clothing, and replace either provide new clothing or wrap them in a warm blanket. Have the person drink warm, sweet drinks (sugar water or sports-type drinks) if they are alert. Avoid drinks with caffeine (coffee, tea, or hot chocolate) or alcohol.
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