should also be trained about the symptoms of cold-induced injuries and what to if they or their coworker have these symptoms.
3. Try to schedule outdoor work during the warmest part of the day. If workers must labor in extreme cold, make sure they take frequent short breaks in warm dry shelters.
4. Encourage workers to drink plenty of warm or sweet beverages – such as sports drinks or hot cocoa – and avoid products with caffeine or alcohol. Smoking and chewing tobacco can also increase susceptibility to frostbite.
5.Remember that very lean workers, those who take medications or suffer from Raynaud’s Syndrome and illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease are at greater risk for cold injuries. Workers who have experienced a cold injury in the past are more likely to experience another cold injury.
Winter’s cold is a fact of life for many U.S. workers. But, wearing the right gloves for the task and environmental conditions will enable these individuals to perform their jobs safely for many more seasons. For tips to weather frostbite and hypothermia during the winter season, visit the American Red Cross. http://www.redcross.org/www-files/Documents/pdf/Preparedness/WinterStorms.pdf Don West is a Brand Support Manager for Ansell Occupational, specializing in ergonomic products. Circle 151 on Card
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Cold Weather Safety
Thinsulate™ Thermal Insoles are designed for comfort and warmth to
protect workers during cold and extreme outdoor conditions. The
insoles, with moisture management, odor protection and antimicrobial
technology, can be used for all types of cold weather footwear. Four
layers — an abrasion-resistant fabric, foot-conforming foam, Thinsulate
insulation, and shock-absorbing foam — help to keep feet warm and
dry. — 3M, 800/364-3577, www.thinsulate.com
Cold Weather Hood System
The Cold Weather Hood System offers protection for personnel
working in cold storage or outdoors. The three modular pieces that
can be integrated or used separately include a universal fleece
helmet liner, a waterproof frost cape in high visibility yellow or
orange, and a face warmer that attaches to the frost cape for
total head and face warmth. — MPS Centurion, 800/852-6529
The N-Ferno® Extreme Warming Product line includes two N-Ferno® 3-Layer FR Winter Liners available in regular (6873) and
shoulder (6877) lengths. These Winter Liners feature three layers of
warmth and protection: a Banox FR3® Cotton shell, a foam mid-layer, and a poly-fleece liner, in addition to warming pack pockets, hook and loop chin wrap, and hard hat suspension attachments. — Ergodyne, 800/225-8238, www.ergodyne.com Fleece Multi-Band
The 6488 Fleece Multi-band features soft, stretchable, fast-wicking
polyester microfibers plus a fleece liner. The stretchable, seam-free
design can be worn in more than 10 work-ready configurations,
and with technical treatments such as High IQ® and Silpure®, it
also keeps you smelling good. The 6488 Fleece Multi-band is part
of the CORE Performance Work Wear® line.
— Ergodyne, 800/225-8238 www.ergodyne.com
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Outdoor Mats Melt Snow & Ice
HeatTrak® Heated Walkway and Stair Mats are made of durable, natural rubber with a continuous V-chevron pattern on their surface for
extra traction. The mats lie on top of existing outdoor surfaces and
may be left outside for the entire winter season. At 40 watts per
square foot, they melt snow at a rate of two inches per hour and in
temperatures as low as 0°F. Heat Trak® mats offer an environmentally
friendly means for melting snow and ice and preserve all walkway surfaces.
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The Diamond Trax™ outsole features slip-resistant technology that
improves with wear. The outsole, with nested traction pods, maintains a high level of surface roughness and develops enhanced
friction over time. The Diamond Trax™ is available in six-inch and
eight-inch work boots that are waterproof and offer electrical hazard protection, in both steel and non-steel toe options.
Head Covers for Winter
In addition to their Winter Liners, the company offers Knitted Tubes
and Mouth/Chin Covers. The standard Knitted Tube fits over the
hard hat and is made of 100% polyester. The deluxe style has a full-face design. Mouth/Chin Covers offer extra protection from the
cold and are available in three styles: Cotton/Sherpa,
Cotton/Fleece, and Flame Retardant. — Allegro Industries,
Winter Walking Program
Training points covered in the program “Winter Walking: Avoiding
Slips and Falls” include: Walking on slippery sidewalks, entering
and exiting buildings, climbing slippery steps, and getting in and
out of vehicles on snow and ice. The 10-minute program is available on VHS and DVD and includes a Leader’s Guide and a Quiz.
— ICON Training Materials of Iowa Inc., 800/609-0479,
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