Working in cold temperatures puts people at risk of cold stress. Cold stress can cause permanent tissue damage and death. In this awareness level module you are introduced to cold stress, its causes, and strategies to prevent it. Symptoms of the three main types of cold stress are covered as well as factors that increase your risk, like increased wind speeds, being wet or damp, failure to dress properly, exhaustion, poor physical conditioning, and certain health conditions.
Module length: approximately 10 minutes
People completing this training module should:
- Understand what cold stress is, how it can hurt you, and what to do about it.
- Know the risk factors for cold stress.
- Know how to prevent cold stress.
- Understand how wind chill affects your risk of cold stress.