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OSHA does not have a specific standard for working in cold environments. However, Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act states that employers must provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. This includes cold temperature-related hazards.
Who must take this course?
Anyone who works in a cold environment, whether outdoors or indoors, may be at risk for cold stress. Just like with heat stress, extreme temperatures are hard on the body, and these risks can be increased depending on the type of work being done, the duration of the work, and external factors. If the body cannot maintain a normal temperature, cold stress-related illnesses can occur and may even result in permanent tissue damage or death.
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It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable OSHA Regulations Cold Stress, Illness & Injury Safety Training certificate and wallet card.
We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.
Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our OSHA Cold Stress, Illness & Injury Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
This online training course presents an overview of cold stress, including how the body reacts to cold temperatures and what types of illnesses or injuries may occur, as well as safety measures that employers and employees can take to help prevent cold stress on the job.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to Cold Stress Safety
- Key Terms
- Cold Weather Injury Statistics
- Indoor Cold Work
- How the Body Maintains Internal Temperature
- How the Body Reacts to Cold Conditions
- Cold Stress
- Contributing Factors
- Wind Chill
- High-Risk Jobs
- Cold Stress Effects on Work Performance
- Additional Risk Factors
- Applicable Regulations
- Employer Responsibilities
- Employee Responsibilities
- Cold Stress Illnesses and Injuries
- Stages of Hypothermia
- Mild Hypothermia
- Moderate Hypothermia
- Severe Hypothermia
- Hypothermia First Aid Treatment
- Medical Treatment
- Mild Frostbite
- Severe Frostbite
- Frostbite First Aid
- Trench Foot (Immersion Foot)
- Trench Foot First Aid
- Chilblains First Aid
- Slips, Trips, and Falls
- Snow Removal Injuries
- Preventive Measures
- Engineering Controls
- Work Practice Controls
- Work Shifts
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Cold Temperature Clothing for the Body and Head
- Wet Clothing
- Cold Temperature Clothing for the Hands and Feet
- Cold Temperature Eye Protection
- Emergency Response
- Emergency Kit
- Additional Resources
OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Cold Stress, Illness & Injury Safety training. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:
(a) Each employer -
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.
A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer's industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.