Workers in construction, agriculture, security, and commercial fishing that work in extreme weather conditions or in a cold environment are at increased risk of developing cold stress.
Developing cold stress can have a serious negative impact on your health, and can even result in death. In 2014 Public Health England’s Cold Weather report showed that extreme cold weather has a direct effect on the incidence of heart attack, stroke, flu, respiratory disease, falls, injuries and hypothermia. In the last 5 years alone in the UK, there were also a total of 168,000 cold-related deaths, many of which could have potentially been prevented.
When outdoor temperatures drop below 5-8°C respiratory and cardiovascular health problems can occur and as the temperature continues to drop the risk of death and illness increases. These shocking facts and figures make it crucial that those working outdoors or having to face extreme cold weather conditions are properly prepared in terms of awareness and protective clothing.
This infographic created by EM Training Solutions features important facts about how to prevent cold stress, how to spot signs of it and just how much of a danger it can be if you don’t adequately protect yourself from it.