Dressing For Winter Work During cold weather, it can have a chilling effect on the senses to see, smell, and feel. It is usually difficult to be productive when you are cold.  Therefore, it is important to dress for the weather conditions found on the jobsite. Guide for Discussion Always dress in layers with the outer layers being rather loose and the inner layers being somewhat tighter (to trap body heat). Do not over use the outer layer of clothing as a windbreak This will make the layers underneath more effective. Minimize sweat. If you begin to get hot, take a layer...

Clothing - PPE The proper work clothing can make a job a lot easier and safer. Most workers never really think much about what they are wearing, but they should. It is very important to dress for the weather since most of the work is done outside or in areas without any climate control. A PPE assessment should have been completed prior to the job starting. Workers should be informed of what PPE is required on this specific job site. Guide for Discussion: The following items should help each worker how to dress properly: Weather Know the day’s forecast. Be prepared to add or...

Cold Stress As wind speed increases, heat can leave your body more rapidly Keep an eye on co-workers for signs of cold stress - hypothermia affects the brain making workers unable to think clearly for themselves. Wear several layers of clothing to provide better insulation Keep layers loose so that blood can circulate to the extremities Always wear a hat or cover you head to reduce the amount of body heat that escapes Move to a warm location during breaks Avoid touching cold metal surfaces with bare skin...

Cleaning Pesticide Soiled Clothing Clothing worn while applying a pesticide normally becomes contaminated.  From these clothes, the body can contact and absorb the chemicals.  Protective clothing (long-sleeve shirts, pants, gloves, hat, and boots) can reduce pesticide exposure, but unless they are laundered properly, significant amounts of pesticides can remain on them or be passed onto other clothing.  Keep in mind the following to guard against pesticide exposure from clothing. Launder clothing after each day’s wear. Clothing repeatedly soiled before cleaning can retain pesticides even after it’s later laundered.  Washing less frequently also puts more chemicals into the wash and rinse water. ...