The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the goal of ensuring safe and healthy working conditions by setting and enforcing safety standards and by providing training, outreach, education, and assistance centered around those safety standards.
Ensuring safety on the job is an important responsibility of both the employer and the employee. While rules and regulations are in place to encourage proper safety practices in the workplace, employers are responsible for properly training their employees and conveying the importance of following standard safety practices and employees have a responsibility to follow these safety practices in order to protect themselves, fellow workers, and their employer.
Winter presents a unique set of hazards for everyone who ventures out into the cold, but especially for workers who spend time on the roads and in the elements. Understanding potential hazards, as well as precautions that employers and employees should take can help keep workers safe despite the elements.
Whether you are working outside, working out outside, or enjoying some fun in the sun, high temperatures, especially when coupled with high humidity and direct sunlight, can be extremely dangerous, potentially leading to illness, organ damage and even death. Keeping an eye out for symptoms and actively working to prevent overheating can help.