There are workers who do work outdoors in all weather. However in certain conditions it is important that you take precautionary measures and wear the right attire in order to avoid illness and sometimes even death. One such demanding situation is when working outdoors during winter. Frostbite and hypothermia can be really dangerous and can set in quickly without notice. Therefore it is important that you take note of what you wear and even advice new comers to the area, especially if they are not aware of the weather conditions. Snow clothing and other preventive measures are essential for these types of workers who are exposed to the elements outdoors. Experts say that cold related injuries can be long term and the fatalities can be high therefore every measure of prevention is important. Not only is staying warm important, you need to eat right and stay active while always looking after each other. Avoid cotton: workers outdoors should never wear cotton. This is considered the worst fabric you can have on during the cold harsh winter months. Once the material gets wet, it can extract heat out of your body making you feel colder. Instead insulator material such as goose down is recommended, although that too should not be wet.
Loose fitting: when it comes to clothing, loose fitting layers are the best. They can trap heat far better than tight fitting clothing. Apart from that you can always shed unnecessary layers as the day goes on.
Layer it up: a layering system is considered the best option when it comes to dressing up for the outdoors. The system is recommended to be applied to all areas from great camping store, pants, jackets, gloves and finally to head coverings. The layers start thin and become heavier as they keep going. Wicking layer is the part that is very next to your skin and is responsible for stopping your body cooling down due to sweat. The next is the insulating layer which can include a light fleece or a sweater. This is followed by heavy insulating layer which will trap heat considerably in the body. In some instances windproof and waterproof layers will also be needed depending on the conditions you are working in. Head covering: about 30 – 50% of body heat is lost from the head; therefore it is important that you keep your head covered with a toque. Balaclavas are also great to keep most of the face covered and safe from frostbite.
These are some of the most important clothing decisions you need to make in order to stay safe when working outdoors in cold conditions. Apart from this fuelling up on calories is also important as your body needs a lot of energy to produce heat to keep warm.