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    Dear Kababayans, I hope you are all doing well this April and are keeping safe and healthy during this trying time. Last month we saw businesses closing down and workers getting laid off because of the economic shutdown that was created by the Coronavirus Pandemic. This puts a lot of stress on people as bills just [...]

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Working in Extreme Temperatures

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Extreme temperature warnings are in effect – if you’re working outdoors, know the warning signs of cold stress and how to protect yourself.

Employers can help employees and workers adapt by providing:
+ on-site heaters or heated shelter
+ a work/warm-up schedule
+ a flexible pace where workers can take extra breaks if needed
+ as much protection from wind as possible
+ a buddy system so no one works alone
+ adjustment periods before assigning a full work schedule
+ a hazard assessment and education for workers on the hazards of working in the cold

Early warning signs of cold stress include:
+ Feeling cold and shivering
+ Loss of feeling or tingling in fingers and toes
+ Trouble moving fingers, hands and toes (trouble doing tasks)
+ Frost nip (outer layers of skin turn white)
+ “Unusual-umbles”, such as stumbles, mumbles, fumbles and grumbles

Severe cold stress can lead to hypothermia, which can result in death. Worsening symptoms include:
+ Extreme shivering (which eventually stops)
+ Impaired coordination
+ Confusion
+ Frost bite (skin freezes deeply, turning blue or red)
+ Loss of consciousness









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