Overseas examples of best practice for working in cold weather

Workers often face difficult working environments due to the various weather conditions they have to work through.

Consideration should be given to the conditions facing operatives and the measures that can be developed and implemented to counteract the impact of these environments.

There are also several guides from around the world, in places where cold weather working is a much larger issue, some of these initiatives can be adapted to be used in the UK to protect the safety of your workforce in cold weather.

  • Work Safe Alberta, a government led initiative from Canada have created a best practice publication for working safely in hot and cold weather conditions, which you can view by clicking here, this publication includes:
    • What effects the weather conditions can have on the body;
    • How to deal with any issues that may arise due to weather conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia;
    • How to prevent these issues occurring in the first place.
  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in America have published a guide on how to prevent cold stress, this guide includes several useful links and resources which you can view here;
  • The Hanover Insurance Group in America have created a Cold Weather Safety Checklist for construction work, to view this checklist click here.

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Work Safe Alberta; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Hanover Insurance Group.


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