risk management: tip of the week

Avoiding Cold Stress Injuries

Over the past several weeks, we have discussed the dangers of cold stress injuries including the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. This week, we offer a list of suggestions to help prevent cold stress injuries.

  • Provide training for managers and staff regarding the symptoms of cold stress injury and illness.
  • Understand that the temperature does not have to be below freezing to suffer a cold stress injury.
  • Perform outdoor activities during the warmest part of the day.
  • Wear layered clothing that can be adapted to changing temperatures.
  • Take frequent breaks to warm up.
  • Keep skin dry at all times because wet skin freezes at higher temperatures than dry skin.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and tobacco products that can dilate blood vessels and increase frostbite risk.
  • Eat a healthy diet and consume high-calorie, high-carbohydrate foods to improve the body's ability to stay warm.

Be sure to consult a physician for detailed information about your specific risk factors relative to cold-induced injury or illness.

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Mike Schofield

Mike Schofield
President & CEO

Member ARAN Insurance Services Group

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