Since it's starting to feel a lot like winter outside, it's time we all take some time to prepare for the weather. 
With working outdoors during the winter, it's important that workers and employers take certain precautions to ensure everyone's safety. 
"It's important to know that your employer should be taking some steps to make sure that you are working safety in the cold. Under the OH&S law, they're required to protect the health and safety of their workers. There is a couple of things that they should be doing to make keep workers safe during cold temperatures," explained Lauren Welsh, Occupational Health and Safety spokesman. 
"Something that they can think about doing is providing a heater or a heated shelter where workers can take their breaks, shielding workers from drafts or winds, allowing their workers to take extra breaks and of course educating them on the hazards of working in the cold," outlined Welsh. 
What are some signs to look for in yourself or in your co-workers while working outside in the cold temperatures?
"Workers should be looking for some signs of cold stress in themselves and the people they are working with. If you're working next to someone you should keep an eye on each other and make sure that you're not getting too cold. Look for obviously violent shivering, loss of coordination, confusion, anything like that," mentioned Welsh. 
"Cover your exposed skin, take your breaks inside and keep your footwear dry. If at anytime you are concerned with safety at your workplace or if you have any questions about how to work safely in the cold, you can always give the occupational health and safety center a call at 1-866-415-8690."
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