Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature dips below 95 degrees. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and obvious exhaustion, according to the National Weather Service.
Dressing properly is extremely important to protecting yourself against acclimate weather. OSHA and the Weitz Company recommend the following tips for staying safe:
- Wear at least three layers of loose fitting clothing. Layering provides better insulation.
- Wear a hat that will cover your ears. A hat helps keep your whole body warmer and reduces the amount of body heat that escapes from your head.
- Insulated gloves (water resistant, if necessary) will protect your hands.
Staff on construction jobsites should also keep these safety tips in mind:
- Monitor your physical condition and that of your coworkers
- Stay dry in the cold because moisture of dampness can increase the rate of heat loss from the body
- Keep extra clothing handy in case you get wet and need to change
- Drink warm sweetened fluids
- Use proper engineering controls, safe work practices and personal protective equipment