A recent Command Post addressed appropriate winter work clothes for working in cold weather on the jobsite. It’s not all about your clothes, however. At Command Construction we put a high premium on comfort and safety on the jobsite. Here are some additional tips for working in cold weather:
- Stay dry. Avoid sloshing through puddles or getting sweaty under your jacket. Getting wet is the number one way to make you miserable on the job.
- On the other hand, drink lots of water. Staying hydrated will help control your body temperature. You want to be wet on the inside, but not on the outside.
- Keep a thermos of something hot to drink handy. Try coffee, cocoa, or even broth or cider. If you’re a coffee drinker, it’s best to stick with decaf on the job. Caffeine can contribute to the effects of the cold.
- It’s true that keeping your core warm is most important, and people who have a little extra around the middle don’t need as much insulation as those who don’t. This might just be your excuse for putting on those extra pounds during the holidays.
- Team members with diabetes, high blood pressure and those taking certain medications are more susceptible to the cold, so consider any physical issues you might be dealing with. You might want to make sure your doctor knows you spend a lot of time outside.
Jobsite safety and comfort is a priority for us at Command Construction. The good news is that this is Arkansas and, as they always say, wait five minutes and the weather will change. Spring will be here soon. Check in for another Command Post later in the year for working safely in the heat of an Arkansas summer.