When living in Virginia, predicting the weather can be well… unpredictable. One can never be too prepared for the potential of cold, snowy weather and the impact it can have on working conditions. For those who work outside, low temperatures, icy roads, and slippery surfaces are some environmental factors that could lead to work related injuries during the winter months.
It’s important to stay alert of these changes in order to prevent potential work related injuries. Employees and employers can best prevent these injuries by staying mindful of one’s environment, and reporting any conditions that seem dangerous.
Ways to prevent work related injuries in the winter months include dressing in warm clothing, wearing shoes with good traction, examining icy roofs or high surfaces to decrease the chance of slips and falls, inspecting vehicles regularly for the safety of drivers, and making sure electrical equipment is grounded and covered properly to decrease the chance of electrical shocks. If shoveling snow is a task that is required by your employer, know that it can be strenuous, and lead to tiredness and dehydration. Be sure to take breaks as needed so that does not happen.
How HRUC Can Help?
At HRUC, we specialize in occupational medicine. Services provided for occupational health include treatment for occupational related injuries, on-site labs, access to state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, pre-employment physical exams, drug and alcohol screens, and immunizations.
No appointments are necessary, and hours are extended beyond traditional business hours, Monday- Friday 8:00am-7:00 pm, on Saturdays 10:00am-4:00 pm.
For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/winter_weather/hazards_precautions.html