Layer Up for Warmth
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Working in cold weather can have a chilling effect on your body. You are at risk for impaired motor function, impaired judgment and cold stress injuries and illness
WHAT’S THE DANGER?
In a cold environment, most of the body’s energy is used to keep the internal core temperature warm. Over time, the body will begin to shift blood flow from the extremities and outer skin to the core (chest and abdomen). This shift allows the exposed skin and the extremities to cool rapidly and increases the risk of frostbite and hypothermia. Combine this scenario with exposure to a wet environment, and trench foot may also be a problem.