TWU Local 555 Safety & Health Committee

TWU Local 555 Safety & Health Committee Officers

TWU Local 555 Safety & Health Committee

SAFETY ALERT

 

Protect Yourself

Cold Weather

 

 Prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures can result in health problems as serious as frostbite, and hypothermia. Workers need to be especially mindful of the cold weather, its effects on the body, proper prevention techniques, and treatment of cold-related disorders

 

The four environmental conditions that cause cold-related stress are low temperatures, high/cool winds, dampness and cold water. Wind chill, a combination of temperature and velocity, is a crucial factor to evaluate when working outside. For example, when the actual air temperature of the wind is 40ºF (4ºC) and its velocity is 35 mph, the exposed skin receives conditions equivalent to the still-air temperature being 11ºF (-11ºC)! A dangerous situation of rapid heat loss may arise for any individual exposed to high winds and cold temperatures.

 

Frostbite occurs when the skin tissue actually freezes, causing ice crystals to form between cells and draw water from them, which leads to cellular dehydration. Although this typically occurs at temperatures below 30ºF (-1ºC), wind chill effects can cause frostbite at above-freezing temperatures.

 

Major Risk Factors for

Cold-Related Stresses

Wearing inadequate or wet clothing increases the effects of cold on the body.

Taking certain drugs or medications such as alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and medication that inhibits the body’s response to the cold or impairs judgment.

Having a cold or certain diseases, such as diabetes, heart, vascular, and thyroid problems, may make a person more susceptible to the winter elements.

Becoming exhausted or immobilized may speed up the effects of cold weather.

    • Aging - the elderly are more vulnerable to the effects of harsh winter weather.

  

Source: TWU International Safety and Health Committee and United States Department of Labor 

www.osha.gov/Publications/coldcard/coldcard.html

 

 


Safety & Health Committee Mission Statement

 

 Work Safe Today for a Better Tommorrow

 Your Local Safety Committee has one fundamental goal...

To work towards ensuring the safest working conditions possible for every TWU 555 Member. Keep in mind that each member has to do their part to achieve that ultimate goal. To quote a wise 6 year old... "Safety is as easy as ABC, Always Be Careful."


SAFETY NEWSLETTER EDITION #1

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Station Reports and Advisories

2014 Station Reports 

DATE COMMITTEE MEMBER FILE/REPORT
11/11/2014 Dina Enders and Bill Willis OAK - Part 1 and Part 2
10/23/2014 Dina Enders ONT
10/22/2014 Steve Riley BWI Provo
10/14/2014 Dina Enders ABQ
10/7/2014 Dina Enders LAX
9/30/2014 Bill Willis DEN Follow up
9/23/2014 Dina Enders SEA and Equip
9/23/2014 Steve Riley BNA
9/23/2014 Rudy Del Real BNA Provo
9/16/2014 Dina Enders PDX
9/9/2014 Dina Enders BUR
9/9/2014 Rudy Del Real DEN Provo
8/8/2014 Rudy Del Real MCI Provo
7/22/2014 Dina Enders SFO
7/15/2014 Steve Riley MDW
7/9/2014 Steve Riley RDU
6/18/2014 Dan Hilton MCI
5/13/2014 Dina Enders LAX Ramp
5/6/2014 Rudy Del Real OAK Provo Truck Insp.
5/6/2014 Dina Enders OAK Provo Facilities
4/28 & 29/2014 Dina Enders PHX[1] PHX[2]
4/23/2014 Dina Enders SLC
4/18/2014 Dan Hilton ATL
4/14/2014 Dina Enders DEN Ramp
4/14/2014 Rudy Del Real DEN Provo
4/2/2014 Dina Enders LAX Provo & Cargo
3/10/2014 Dina Enders SMF
1/24/2014 Dina Enders SFO
2/24/2014 Dan Hilton CAK

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