Winter weather presents many hazards beyond frigid temperatures including slippery roads/surfaces and strong winds. In order to prevent illness, injury or, in severe cases, fatalities, employers must control these hazards in workplaces impacted by winter weather.
Although the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) does not have a specific standard that covers working in cold environments, employers have a responsibility to provide workers with employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards. OSHA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have compiled a plethora of information to help employers and workers prepare for winter weather and extreme conditions. A take minute to review information specific to your work environment and how to prevent injuries in the work place as they relate to winter weather.