Cold Weather Workers Safety Guide

Cold weather safety tips, plus information about outdoor conditions and machinery and equipment use.

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Designed and written as a practical workplace training and reference tool. This 117-page pocket guide is filled with clear-language text including safety tips, charts, diagrams, checklists and illustrations.


This is your guide to working safely outdoors in winter. It will enable you to:

  • recognize workplace hazards;
  • prevent accident and injury by safe work practice and use of personal protective equipment;
  • deal with accidents and emergencies;
  • understand your duties and rights as given in occupational health and safety legislation;
  • contact government departments to find health and safety information.


This guide will assist in the development and implementation of safe work practices for outdoor work in cold weather. For employee training sessions, the guide is a practical handout for participants.

Target Audience

This guide is for workers, supervisors, health and safety representatives, health and safety committee members, occupational health nurses and health and safety professionals. Municipal work, electric power distribution, construction, groundskeeping, oil and gas extraction, trucking, police work, fishing and logging are some examples of cold weather work.

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