At CHS, we prioritize safety for everyone involved in our business – our staff, external contractors, and of course our member-owners. See below for some seasonal safety considerations to keep in mind on your farm.
Tips for Staying Safe in Cold Winter Weather:
• Wear layers of clothing, a hat, gloves and waterproof, insulated boots.
• Be careful when tackling strenuous tasks like shoveling snow in cold temperatures.
• Check on any neighbors, especially elderly people living alone, people with disabilities, and children during cold snaps (added).
• Watch for hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia symptoms include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. Frostbite symptoms include numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy feeling skin.
10 Tips to Prevent Slips and Falls on Ice
- Evaluate the drainage of your roofs and parking lots to ensure water is being moved away from walkways.
- Implement an inspection process to identify areas where ice and snow accumulate. Inspections should be conducted routinely regardless of weather conditions.
- Ensure that adequate snow removal equipment and salt or ice-melt is kept on hand.
- Clear footwear of ice and snow as possible when entering buildings.
- Ensure that proper footwear is worn by all employees including office workers. Look into ice cleats for those individuals who spend a significant amount of time outside.
- Ensure floor mats are located at entrances of buildings to address water accumulation from ice and snow on footwear.
- Use railings when climbing or descending stairs.
- Maintain three points of control when mounting or dismounting vehicles and ladders.
- Avoid carrying tools or materials as this can affect your stability and view of what is in front of you.
- Ice and snow means take it slow!