Tips to Protect Outdoor Workers in the Cold Season

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During the cold wave, workers are at increased risk of cold stress. The air temperature feels even colder in increased wind, amplifying the risk of cold induced stress to outside workers, such as:

  • Construction workers
  • Recreational workers
  • Postal workers
  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
  • Baggage handlers
  • Oil and gas operations workers

The body has to work harder to maintain its temperature in a cold environment. The most common problems are hypothermia, frostbite, and trench foot, caused by cold air, water or snow drawing heat from the body.

What preventive measures should companies take?

Protective Clothing is the most efficient way to prevent cold stress. It is important to note the different properties of fabrics. When it becomes wet, cotton loses its insulation value. Wool, silk and most synthetics, on the other hand, retain it. Here are some clothing recommendations for working in cold environments:


Some of their benefits are:

They’re snuggly and warm – It only takes a matter of minutes to feel the benefits of neckwarmers. Not only are they super snuggly they’re ever so warm, your neck will be toasty as soon as your warmer gets to work.

They’re good for neck complaints – If you suffer from cold around the neck during wintry weather try wearing a neckwarmer and feel the difference this year. Keep chills at bay and your neck wonderfully warm, place it under wraps and let your neckwarmer relieve the problem.

You can choose a variety of stock products – You have tons of choice when you are buying a neckwarmer, take your pick from our collection. You can read our complete article about the benefits of neckwarmers here.


Some other items that we recommend from our collection and that can protect your employees from the cold are:

Outdoor Fleece

Compact fleece material, the smooth surface and the panelled construction allow for excellent fit and a more modern look. Dense, compact pile for improved wearer warmth.


Heavy Ribbed Beanie

Caterpillar Heavy Ribbed Beanie

See our full outdoor clothing collection here.

With proper planning and training, employers can keep their employees safe during winter work.

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