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Winter Weather - Plan, Equip, Train
February 2, 2016

Cold Stress

Cold Stress occurs by dropping skin temperatures which can eventually cause falling body temperatures if not addressed right away.  When the body is unable to warm itself up, serious cold-related illnesses and injuries may occur, and permanent tissue damage and death may result.

Risk Factors for cold stress include:

  • wetness/dampness, dressing improperly, and exhaustion
  • predisposing health conditions such as hypertension, hypothyroidism, and diabetes
  • poor physical condition
  • enviromental cold can effect any worker exposed to cold air temperatures and put workers at rish of cold stress
  • as wind speed increases, it causes the cold air temperatures to feen even colder


The most common type of cold stress is:

Frostbite:

  • caused by freezing of the skin and tissue
  • can cause permanent damage
  • symptoms include: reddened skin develops grey/white patchers, tingling, aching, loss of feeling, firm/hard tissue, and blisters
 
  • First Aid treatment to Frostbite:

    • Protect the frost bitten area(s) by wrapping loosely in a dry cloth until you can seek medical attention
    • DO NOT rub the affected area(s)
    • DO NOT apply snow or water, do not break blisters
    • DO NOT try to rewarm frost bitten area(s) before seeking medical attention.  If the frost bitten area is re-warmed then freezes again more tissue damage will occur.
 
  • Prevention

    • Monitor your phycial condition as well as the physical condition of those around you
    • Schedule frequent short breaks in a warm, dry area
    • Select proper clothing for cold, wet and windy conditions
    • Consume warm, sweet beverages
    • Avoid alcohol as it lowers body temperature
    • Keep moving to get the blood flowing in your body

 

Winter Hazards

In addition to cold stress, there are other winter weather related hazards such as driving in the snow, being stranded in a vehicle, shovelling snow, using snow blowers, and slips.
 
  • Winter Driving:

    • Maintain your vehicle: check battery, tire tread, windshield wipers, and antifreeze
    • Clear vehicle of all snow and ice before departing
    • Have on hand emergency kit which includes a flashlight, jumper cables, shovel, snow brush, warning devices (flares) and blankets.
    • the Three P's of Winter Driving
      • Plan your route:  allow plenty of time, let others know your route and arrival time

      • Stopped or stalled: stay in your car, call for emergency assistance, don't over exert, put bright markers on antenna or windows, run your car just enought to stay warm.

      • Protect yourself - buckle up and use child safety seats properly.

      • Prevent crashses: slow down and increase distance between cars, keep your eyes open for pedestrians, avoid fatigue, never consume drugs or alcohol prior/during operating a vehicle.

  • Shovelling Snow:

    • This can be a strenuous activity, particularily because cold weather can be tasking on the body
    • There is potential for exhaustion, dehydration, back injuries or heart attacks
    • To prevent injuries you should warm up before the activity, scoop small amounts of snow, push snow instead of lifting, and use proper lifting techniques when it's unavoidable.
 
  • Using Snow Blowers:

    • Commonly cause lacerations or amputations when operators attempt to clear jams while the equipement is turned on
    • Turn snow blower off and wait for all parts to stop moving before servicing
    • Use a stick to clear wet snow or debris from the machine
    • Refuel snow blower prior to starting the machine
 
  • Slips

    • To walk on ice keep your center of gravity over your front leg
    • Walk flat footed and take short steps
    • Wear footwear that provides traction
    • Step down - not out from curbs
    • Use your arms for balance
    • Carry only what you can
 
RONA Contractor Show 2016
January 22, 2016
Please come and check out our Booth at the Rona Contractor Show 2016 in February at various locations across BC and Alberta to see our new family of Ice-Melters.  Our friendly and knowledgable VP of Business Development - Randy Candelora - will be there to answer all your questions about our products and how they can help you with all your de-icing, brine making, feed mixing, hide curing, and industrial water softening needs (to name just a few).  For more information please visit the Show Website by clicking on the link below.

Christmas Greetings....
December 11, 2015
Winter Driving Safety Tips
November 3, 2015

With the winter season fast approaching...NSC Minerals is switching into high gear getting our salt out to the communities and areas in which you live.  Applying salt to the road in sub-zero wet and snowy conditions significantly reduce the occurrence, severity and cost of accidents.  However...de-icing and snow removal are only part of the equation.  In the article below (taken from the Canada Safety Council website) are 9 steps that you can take to keep yourself safe and collision free over the winter months.
Step 1: Make sure that your vehicle is prepared for winter driving.
  • Winter tires are a good option, as they will provide greater traction under snowy or icy conditions.
  • Keep a snow brush/scraper in your car, along with possible emergency items such as a lightweight shovel, battery jumper cables, and a flashlight.
  • Make sure that mirrors, all windows, and the top of your vehicle, are free of snow or frost before getting onto the road.
Step 2: Drive smoothly and slowly
  • Don’t make any abrupt turns or stops when driving. Doing so will often cause your vehicle to lose control and skid.
  • Driving too quickly is the main cause of winter collisions. Be sure to drive slowly and carefully on snow and ice covered roads.
Step 3: Don’t tailgate.
  • Tailgating becomes much worse in winter weather. Stopping takes much longer on snowy and icy roads than on dry pavement, so be sure to leave enough room between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
Step 4: Brake before making turns.
  • Brake slowly to reduce speed before entering turns. Once you have rounded the corner you can accelerate again.
Step 5: Learn how to control skids.
  • When skidding, you actually need to go against your natural instincts and turn into the skid and accelerate. Doing so transfers your vehicle’s weight from the front to the rear and often helps vehicles to regain control.
Step 6: Lights On.
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
Step 7: No Cruise Control.
  • Never use cruise control if conditions are snowy, icy, or wet, because if your car hydroplanes, your car will try to accelerate and you may lose control of your vehicle.
Step 8: Don’t “pump” the brakes.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock breaking system (ABS), do not “pump” the brakes. Apply constant pressure and let the system do its work.
Step 9: Pay attention.
  • Manoeuvres are more difficult to make in the snow. Be sure to anticipate what your next move is going to be to give yourself lots of room for turns and stopping.
Original Article found at: https://canadasafetycouncil.org/traffic-safety/winter-driving-tips


 

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