How to stay warm on a construction site during winter? Low temperatures, heavy rains and occasional snow is what you can expect from working on a construction site in the cold seasons. Work doesn’t stop during this period and because of harsh weather conditions, it can be particularly unpleasant. Other than just the feeling of cold, it can be hazardous to your health or even life. Thankfully, a few simple adjustments, including special site workwear, will help you prevent bad cold or even hypothermia in extreme situations and survive colder months.
The general idea is to preserve as much heat as possible. There are several particularly appropriate fabrics to wear. Thermal site workwear is often a must. It helps with heat loss and at the same time doesn’t limit your range of motions. Wool can also help. Wearing two to three layers is another option. The layer closest to body draws the sweat away, middle is breathable and the outer one is water and windproof.
You lose most of the body heat through unprotected or badly protected head and feet. Therefore, protective gloves must be worn all the time. Some workers take them off during work or don’t wear them at all. This, however, can be rather dangerous and even lead to frostbites. The best solution is to try different models and linings and then choose what protects best and is most comfortable to work in. Hand warmers are also an option. Next up are warm and high quality boots. These can be made with extra layers or insoles for additional warmth. Socks also provide additional layer to keep construction workers warm in winter. Scarves, hats and balaclavas will protect your head and neck. Spare clothing is useful in events of excess precipitation and sweat. All in all, proper site workwear is a crucial way to stay warm on construction sites.
As obvious as it might sound, creams and moisturisers are often neglected. They form a protective barrier on your skin, making frostbite and cold easier to avoid.
If you want to stay warm, generate heat by yourself. How? By keeping moving. Don’t stand in one place for too long, shivering and losing heat. This is also why multiple layers of site workwear are so important. When you sweat, it becomes cold and so you feel like it’s colder than it really is.
Enclosing the site
This tip might not be possible for all construction sites. However, if possible, try enclosing the site at least partially. It may be as simple as using plastic curtains to cover windows and doors. It may not sound like much but it would immensely help preserve warmth.
Breaks in warm areas
Try to organise short breaks in warm areas so the workers don’t stay in cold for long hours. It may also be feasible to schedule the work for the warmest part of the day, depending on the job. It is important that your employees are aware of symptoms of hypothermia and colleagues look out for each other. The faster the reaction to uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech or unexpected behaviour is, the easier it can be managed.