Inclement weather in the winter months can lead to cold stress and increased slip, trip, and fall hazards. Without adequate thermal protection, the physical effects of cold stress can manifest as shivers, fatigue, continued loss of body heat, and loss of coordination as more blood is routed to the core of the body in an attempt to maintain warmth. Pathway seasonal debris like leaves, branches, ice, and snow create slip, trip, and fall hazards and hide potential surface hazards underneath like sidewalk edges or holes. The combination of the physical effects of cold stress on the body and the presence of seasonal slip, trip, and fall hazards increases the risk of injury for those moving about or working outside on campus. Incidents can be avoided through awareness and by taking preventative measures.
- Haily Griffith, Occupational Health and Safety Manager (P) 541-346-2962
- Michelle Gillette, Ergonomic & Safety Coordinator (P) 541-346-8084