risk management: tip of the week

Cold Stress Risk Factors

During the winter months, it is important to take precautions to protect yourself and your employees from the risk of cold stress injury, which can result in serious health problems, tissue damage, and possibly death.

Cold stress risk factors include:
  • Wetness or dampness
  • Inappropriate clothing
  • Exhaustion or poor physical conditioning
  • Health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hypertension

Extreme cold causes the body to shift blood flow away from the extremities and outer skin in order to protect the core and internal organs. The most common cold stress injuries are hypothermia, frostbite, and trench foot. Next week, we'll discuss hypothermia symptoms and tips to help someone who may be suffering from hypothermia.

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Mike Schofield

Mike Schofield
President & CEO

Member ARAN Insurance Services Group

10851 N. Black Canyon Highway, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85029