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Disaster Preparedness

How to Clean Up After a Blizzard

When the storm is over and authorities say it’s safe to resume normal business operations, there are some precautions you can take to keep your work environment safe for your team. 

Make sure the work space is free from hazards. 

  • Make sure you and your employees know how to recognize the symptoms of cold stress, like hypothermia or frostbite. 
  • Ensure the team is dressed appropriately for cold, wet or windy conditions.
  • Give the team first aid training. 
  • Keep an eye out for slippery roads and surfaces, as well as strong wind and downed powerlines. 
  • Create a warmer environment to work in when possible. This could mean using radiant heaters or shields to block the wind out. 

Give the team the resources they need to be successful. 

  • Give employees the tools and equipment they need to do their jobs well. 
  • Schedule jobs for the warmer part of the day, whenever possible.
  • On days when it’s extremely cold, limit time spent outdoors.
  • Use relief workers for extremely demanding or time-consuming jobs.
  • Make sure there’s a warm area for break periods. 
  • Keep an eye on workers at risk of cold stress.
  • If possible, provide warm drinks, like coffee or tea, to the team.
  • Make sure you have means of reliable communication, particularly in remote areas.

See OSHA’s other recommendations for ensuring a safe work environment in winter weather conditions.


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