Province reminds citizens to be vigilant during extreme cold

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The province is warning Albertans to stay vigilant if spending time outside in the current extreme cold weather, particularly those who work outdoors.

“Cold weather is a fact of life in Alberta and can affect workplace health and safety,” said Labour and Immigration Minister Tyler Shandro, in a Dec. 23 release.

Albertans are encouraged to watch for cold exposure warning signs, such as shivering, numbness or tingling in fingers, toes or hands, skin turning colour, a sudden change in mood, confusion or poor co-ordination.

While every individual has a differing level of vulnerability to cold exposure, there are several things which can be done to prevent serious outcomes; this includes, wearing multiple layers while outdoors, covering exposed skin and maintaining frequent movement.

Employers, specifically, are being asked to implement practises which limit cold exposure, such as indoor warm-up schedules and heated shelter at worksites, as well as worker buddy-systems so workers can monitor each other.

“I encourage employers and workers to work together to minimize the risks of cold temperatures so that everyone can return home safely at the end of the shift,” Shandro said.

KENDALL KING, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Medicine Hat News

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