8. Risk Factors in the Working Environment

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8. RISK FACTORS IN THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT 8. Risk Factors in the Working Environment Working in a cold environment The combined effect of wind and frost easily causes frostbites. If you are exposed to cold for a long time, it is possible to get frostbitten, even if the temperature is above zero (depending on the conditions, even in temperatures as high as +10 o C). If you work outside in cold weather, remember to wear several layers of clothing to ensure you are well protected from the cold. You can always remove layers as needed. Remember to protect your face, too, because your cheeks, ears, nose, and chin are susceptible to freezing. Frost/freeze creams do not protect from frost. Working in a hot environment Working in a hot environment has an impact on your physical and mental capacity. It is important that you remember to drink enough water, approximately 1-2 deciliters (4-8 ounces) 3-4 times an hour. Be aware of the loss of salt your body experiences through perspiration. And take breaks to shorten the length of time you are exposed to the heat. Occupational safety and health officials recommend to take a 10-15 minute break every hour if the temperature exceeds +28 ° C. 21


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