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Each season presents the workplace with new hazards. Whether workers are indoors or out, from the minute they leave their house in the morning they are presented with seasonal hazards for the remainder of the day.
In the winter, driving is one of the biggest hurdles workers in snowy climates might face during the day. Outdoor workers also face the risk of frost-bite and hypothermia during their shifts.
In the summer, forest fires might happen in drier locations. As well, workers both indoors and out face risks of dehydration and heat stress.
In addition, each season presents a variety of different natural disasters that could occur and threaten the safety of everyone in the workplace. Tornadoes, earthquakes and thunder storms can peak at different times of the year depending on where in the world you live, and workers should be made aware of the signs of these.
SafetyNow resources help prepare workers each season for the new hazards they might encounter, discover what to do if they encounter them and learn what can go wrong if they ignore the warning signs.
Know When to Cool It in the Heat
In May 30, 2002, a 30-year-old landscaper collapsed at the end of a day of mowing, weeding, and using a backpack blower. Emergency medical assistance was called, but the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital. His body temperature was 107° F (42°C).
Tornado Safety Basics – Seasonal Safety
The tornado season in North America begins in April, peaks in June and July, and ends in September. But really the storms can occur at any time, with approximately 1,000 tornadoes being reported in the United States and 80 in Canada each year.
Protect Yourself Against UV Rays
Recently, a 34-year Roads and Traffic Authority employee was granted an award from the Workers’ Compensation Commission when he filed for damages to his skin after excessive sun exposure. He’d acquired multiple types of skin cancers, and has had several surgeries to remove them from his ears, abdomen, cheeks, back, arms, legs and neck.
Frostbite And Hypothermia Hazards
Hypothermia and frostbite can be two of the serious consequences of working outdoors in winter weather.
Hypothermia is a dangerous lowering of the body’s temperature by exposure to cold or wet conditions. Actually, the air temperature doesn’t have to be particularly low to cause hypothermia – just getting wet and chilled can do the same thing.
Don't Fall for Winter
Five minutes late for a critical meeting, Joan scrambles from her car and begins to run across the parking lot. She isn’t thinking about anything except how unimpressed her new boss will be by her lateness. Joan is taken completely by surprise when her legs shoot out from under her and her head crashes onto the icy pavement.
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Heat Stress in the Workplace
Working in high heat can cause a number of health issues, particularly for workers who are not acclimated to the conditions. This course will teach employees the hazards of working in high heat and how to minimize or eliminate those hazards. Employees will learn how to identify the hazardous health effects of high heat, methods to prevent those health effects and what to do if a co-worker exhibits symptoms of heat stress such as heat fatigue, heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. This course is intended for employees who, during the course of regular work duties, are exposed to high-temperature conditions for significant periods of time. This course is intended for employees who, during the course of regular work duties, are exposed to high-temperature conditions for significant periods of time.
Winter Safety for Oil and Gas Personnel
Jobs in the oil and gas industry often require driving and working outdoors. In some cases, this means working or driving in extreme temperatures or conditions. Workers who successfully complete this course will be able to identify the factors that contribute to heat loss, the adverse effects of cold stress and how to treat them, preventative measures to avoid cold stress, the winter-related hazardous road conditions and safe driving practices, and how to prepare for hazardous driving conditions. This course is intended for oil and gas workers who are required to work or drive in hazardous winter-weather conditions.
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