Health & Safety

Stay Safe at Work Today and Every Day

Our Health & Safety Management System Corporate Bank is designed to help ensure all employees of Yukon Government have the tools they require to stay safe at work.

Cold Weather Work

Purpose:

This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.

Guidelines:

Employees exposed to outdoor work in cold conditions (with or without wind chill), are expected to take all precautions to prevent exposure for prolonged periods and use appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment to mitigate hazards.

Supervisors will ensure that PPE requirements and hazards of working in cold conditions are communicated and understood by their employees.


General:

Employees should avoid or limit their exposure to cold conditions when possible, and must protect themselves from the risks, hazards and effects of cold.


DO

  • Be aware of changing weather conditions and plan your work accordingly
  • Wear appropriate clothing for cold, wet and windy conditions, including layers that can be adjusted to changing weather conditions
  • Plan your work to include more warming breaks
  • Protect ears, face, hands and feet
  • Always wear a hat or hardhat liner to reduce heat loss through your head
  • Drink warm beverages and stay hydrated
  • Use a buddy system so that you can monitor one another for the effects of hypothermia and frostbite
  • Eat high calorie meals to maintain body temperature
  • Advise your supervisor of any pre-existing condition that could affect your ability to work in the cold
  • Use appropriate footwear that is rated for cold temperatures
  • Keep feet dry


DO NOT:

  • Do not allow yourself to overheat and sweat excessively
  • Do not allow evaporative liquids (alcohols, gasoline, cleaning fluids or liquids with very low freezing temperatures) to come in contact with bare skin
  • Do not remain indoors for long periods of time while wearing outdoor clothing
  • Do not become exhausted or fatigued, as greater energy is required to stay warm

References:

SWP – Winter Driving