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Winter has come to B.C., and when temperatures fall below zero, both indoor and outdoor workers are at risk of cold stress, a series of debilitating — even fatal — conditions related to exposure to extreme cold.
Hypothermia, frostbite, frostnip, chilblain, and Raynaud’s phenomenon are all cold stress conditions. At WorkSafeBC, they are most commonly reported by those working in freezers, cold storage, fishing, forestry, construction, and the petroleum industry.
Whether the worksite is indoors or outdoors, employers whose workers are at risk of cold stress need to provide training that covers:
For more information, please contact: