SAFETY MOMENT: Staying warm in the cold is crucial for safe outdoor work

Editor’s Note: Safety Moment is a monthly feature from Kyle Black of Seneca Meadows Landfill.


On our essential work site we stay on high alert and we watch out for each other especially this time of year so our team can prevent cold stress. Many on our team are outside for extended periods of time.

According to OSHA risk factors that contribute to cold stress while working in winter weather are:

  • Wetness/dampness
  • Improper clothing
  • Exhaustion
  • Physical conditions such as hypertension, hypothyroidism, and diabetes

We emphasize the importance of proper clothing. That means a focus on layers:

  • Base layer – An inner layer of wool, silk or synthetic to keep moisture away from the body.
  • Insulating layer – A middle layer of wool or synthetic to provide insulation.
  • Shell – An outer layer that is wind and rain proof and allows some ventilation to prevent overheating.

It starts with one. You can make a difference. Encourage friends and family to be prepared with proper layers of winter clothing.