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Winter Essentials Cold Stress

Winter storms are an expected seasonal event in many areas of the country, but a more intense winter storm can still immobilize an entire region. Regions not typically impacted can be subjected to freezing temperatures and ice storms—leading to power outages, road closures, damaged buildings and surge challenges. Grainger has the supplies and resources you need to help you prepare, respond and recover should winter storms or freezing temperatures occur. Check out the products and resources below to help ensure you have everything you need to help keep your employees safe and business running this winter.

• Dress in layers to maintain body warmth and check for frostbite.
• Winterize your facility and other buildings that may need to be used as shelters and fleet vehicles. Storms can hit suddenly; be prepared to take shelter wherever you are.
• Insulate pipes and know how to shut off water valves in case pipes freeze and burst.
• Prepare for potential isolation or sheltering-in-place by storing essential supplies sufficient to support your employees for several days. Make sure to add rock salt, snow shovels and blankets to your stock of emergency supplies.
• Listen to the radio for weather reports and emergency information.
• Stay indoors and off the roads. If you must travel, do so in groups
and inform others of your travel plans and route.
• Conserve fuel by closing off unnecessary areas of the building.
• Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters or gas-powered
generators to avoid buildup of toxic fumes.
• Avoid overexerting yourself if you must go out in a winter storm.
Heart attacks brought on by overexertion are a major cause of death in winter.
• Your recovery needs will vary based on the damage incurred. If ice or heavy snow has damaged your buildings, make sure they are structurally sound before entering.
• Watch for spilled liquids that may have frozen on floors and other surfaces. Promptly check for damaged water and gas pipes.
• If you have water damage, be sure to dry walls, carpet and furniture thoroughly to help avoid mold issues. Consider hiring a contractor who specializes in flood remediation.
• Train employees on how to recognize the symptoms of cold stress and the importance of self-monitoring.
• Dress properly for cold, wet and windy conditions. Wear at least three layers of loose-fitting clothes for better insulation.
• Wear personal protective equipment that provides warmth, including gloves, hats, boots and eyewear.
• Work with a buddy. Two people watching for cold stress symptoms is better than one.
• Limit the amount of time spent outdoors on extremely cold days. Schedule jobs during cold weather for the warmer part of the day.

Training & Services

Grainger can help you manage these and other safety risks more efficiently and cost-effectively with easy-to-use online tools and content provided by Grainger Online SafetyManager, including Audits & Checklists, Written Programs, Policies & Procedures and both Online and Instructor-Led Training Content.

Cold Stress Training: PowerPoint’s
Cold Stress Training: Safety Meetings
Safety Meetings
Cold Stress for General Industry
Cold Stress for Construction
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