Prepare for Winter Weather with Online Safety Training

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Winter weather brings hazards for slips, trips and falls, bad road conditions for driving, and the risk of hypothermia and frost bite. Here are some tips on how to use online safety training from Mastery Technologies to prepare to deal with winter weather.

Winter Emergency Kit

70 percent of injuries during winter storms result from vehicle accidents, according to the National Weather Service; these storms deem a real issue when working to keep employees safe. With most of the country currently dealing with sub-zero temperatures, here are some tips on how to prevent winter-related accidents and injuries.

Mastery Technologies’ online training course, “Winter Driving: When the Rules Change” relays advice and tips in preparing employees for making it safe to work, as well as remain safe while performing work duties.

Winter weather continues to be a threat for employers and employees in maintaining a safe work environment. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) offers a full section dedicated to winter storm preparedness on their website. Both OSHA and Mastery provide guidelines for preparing vehicles for winter weather. Carrying an emergency kit in the vehicle is recommended by both. An emergency kit should include items such as:

  •     Blankets
  •     Cell phone or two – way radio
  •     Windshield scraper
  •     Snow brush
  •     Flashlight, with batteries
  •     Extra winter clothes
  •     Shovel
  •     Tow chain
  •     Matches
  •     Traction aid (salt or sand)
  •     Emergency flares
  •     Jumper cables
  •     Road maps

If stranded on the side of the road, or while working outside for an extended period of time during the winter, you must know how to prevent hypothermia and frost bite. The key to prevention is in retaining body heat through proper clothing. Ensuring clothing is made of wool or synthetic, breathable material is important in keeping the body properly insulated. The training course, “Hypothermia and Frost Bite,” prepares workers to prevent and recognize these cold weather threats.

Mastery offers a variety of winter safety videos for even more training in preparing employees for winter weather. Videos include “Winter Walking” and “Working Safely in Cold Weather.”

About Mastery Technologies Inc.

Mastery Technologies, founded in 1974, has partnered with leading video content providers to co-produce the largest interactive multimedia training library available to the workplace health, safety and environmental marketplace. Today, Mastery is extending their model to encompass all areas of workplace training. Mastery has helped thousands of companies develop greater competency and have created safer and secure workplaces. By expanding the scope of training Mastery believes it can enhance customer benefits, and help build more successful and effective organizations. Mastery’s ultimate vision is to help reach every working individual with quality training.

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Rachel Custer
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