Cold Stress: Don't ignore the warning signs

UNMC, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health


January 18, 2024

Cold temperatures, high winds and wet conditions are commonplace on the farm in winter. While working outside is often inescapable, understanding how these conditions affect our bodies and our health are key to working safely.

Begin by dressing appropriately for weather conditions. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), dressing properly is essential to preventing cold stress. These guidelines can help ensure clothing helps protect from cold temperatures:

• Wear at least three layers of loose-fitting clothing as layering provides better insulation. Tight...

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