When we hear a great deal about impending cold spells, last year’s ‘Beast from the East’ doesn’t sound such a distant memory. With temperatures are set to plunge once more, many of us ponder the questions “When is it too cold to work?” and “What if I work outdoors?”
According to Manchester Evening Post, the UK guideline suggests a minimum 16ºC for indoor workplaces, or 13ºC if physical work is involved. However, for outdoors workers, the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) recommends a number of ways of managing cold weather risks which include:
- Ensuring the personal protective equipment issued is appropriate
As examples, Gorilla Safety supplies the following cold weather personal protective equipment:- Cold weather work boots, like the Rock Fall Alaska RF001, protect workers agains temperatures as low as -40ºC
– Thermal protective work gloves like the Delta Plus Hercule VV750 Cold Working Safety Gloves protect wearers to -30ºC
– Cold weather workwear also protects workers, like the Delta Plus Randers Jacket
- Ensure workers are aware and recognise symptoms of heat / cold stress
- Consider the introduction of more frequent, short rest breaks
Encouraging employees to have cold drinks during hot weather and hot drinks during cold weather.
To find out more about cold weather protection for Construction, Farming, Civil Engineering, Offshore and Waste Management workers, visit www.gorillasafetyfootwear.co.uk and use the site navigation, site search and footwear product filter to find specific items.
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