Extreme heat and cold are potentially hazardous workplace conditions, and leaders must defend their employees against such environments.
Thinking about safety on the job, a few hazards come immediately to mind: Heights, potentially dangerous substances, slippery floors, and other environmental risks are immediately identifiable as dangerous parts of a worker’s setting.
Less noticeable risk factors, such as heat and cold, may be even more dangerous, however, as leaders may neglect to adequately deal with these issues until they become painfully evident.
Temperature stress is a serious workplace hazard — one that can change drastically from one season to the next. The methods of coping with heat and cold will necessarily vary based on the type of work being performed, the nature of the environment and other factors. Continue reading