This is background information ONLY. Be sure to customize your talk to your operation and facilities.
Victims of cold temperature exposure such as hypothermia are unable to notice the symptoms in themselves. Therefore it is very important for coworkers to recognize the symptoms and seek help. Hypothermia can cause death if left untreated without medical attention.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES / CONTACTS
In case of hypothermia or frostbite, call 911 or your local emergency services or get the victim to a medical care facility as soon as possible.
Cold Environments—Health Effects and First Aid, by Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, available at http://www.ccohs.ca/ oshanswers/phys_agents/ cold_health.html.
A healthy human body temperature is 37°C. A change of body temperature exceeding 1°C can be an indication of illness or environmental conditions beyond the body’s ability to cope. Working in very cold temperatures can be dangerous to your health causing hypothermia or frostbite.
Monitor weather forecasts to be aware of current and potentially hazardous weather conditions.
TO DRESS FOR COLD WEATHER
Let’s discuss some of the “cold” jobs on this farm and what we can do to prepare…
This Producer Tool was developed by the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA). Conducting regular Toolbox Talks, or safety meetings, with farm workers is one component of establishing a comprehensive farm safety plan as outlined in the Canada FarmSafe Plan, CASA’s business-risk management tool for health and safety on the farm. To download the core Canada FarmSafe Plan, visit casa-acsa.ca/CanadaFarmSafePlan, or contact CASA to learn more at 1-877-452-2272.
This Toolbox Talk was funded by exclusive corporate sponsor Pioneer Hi-Bred Limited. CASA is funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative, with support from the agricultural and corporate sectors.
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