As we near the winter months and the days grow colder and darker in many parts of the world, it is important to assess conditions that make us more vulnerable to workplace hazards. While decreasing temperatures and wind chill put outdoor workers at risk for hypothermia and frostbite, other dangers include decreased mobility, slower response times and slippery surfaces. Additionally, it has been found that diligence with wearing FR protective clothing over warmer winter wear may diminish during the winter months. For these reasons, it is essential that a winter Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) plan be established for employees working in areas where they may be exposed to hazardous materials, arc flash or other conditions that require FR wear.
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