The Postal Service wants employees to dress warmly when working outside during winter weather.
Here are some tips:
• Layer up. Each layer provides insulation and acts as a barrier from the cold to help retain body heat. Avoid pure cotton, linen or similar materials because they retain moisture and can cause you to become colder.
• Protect your extremities. Wrap a scarf around your neck and pull it over your mouth and nose to guard against cold air. Wearing a winter hat can protect your ears and head, while gloves or mittens can keep your hands warm.
• Stay dry. Adding a knit sweater or sweatshirt and a waterproof or water-resistant top coat, hat and shoes will help ensure you stay warm and dry.
Employees should always dress appropriately for the weather and notify their supervisors immediately if they experience any weather-related issues.
The Resources for Safety and Health website has additional tips on preventing cold stress.