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Winter Weather Safety: Working Outside in Cold Weather

Many jobs require workers to be outside when temperatures are low. Poor weather conditions can lead to severe health problems, such as frostbite or hypothermia. Precipitation and wind are also hazards you need to be aware of. Cold, wet, windy weather can be extremely hazardous even if temperatures are not below freezing. Being aware of your surroundings and taking simple precautions can help you avoid such dangerous illnesses as frostbite and hypothermia. However, it’s important to know the signs of cold stress to look for in yourself or a fellow employee when working outside in cold temperatures.