NEWPORT, Ky. - With temperatures dipping into the teens, some employees are required to do their job outside regardless of what the weather is like.
Security officers at Newport on the Levee are just some of the employees who do their job in the coldest temperatures of the year. The facility has two security guards patrolling the Purple People Bridge from midnight to 8 a.m. On Friday and Saturday, there are up to eight security officers outside for a period of two hours at a time.
There are many methods to protect your employees from the cold, including protective clothing, engineering controls and common safe work practices. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration distributes a free "Cold Stress Card" with tips on handling cold weather. Some tips include:
Free copies of OSHA's Cold Stress Card may be obtained through OSHA's website or by calling 1-800-321-0SHA. The card is available in both English and Spanish.
Employees should watch for the symptoms including uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements, fatigue and confused behavior. If the employee observes the danger signs, emergency help should be called.
Certain workers face increased risk because of numerous factors including age, medications, poor physical condition or an illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular disease.
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