Z1010-2018 CSA Standard Managing work under difficult circumstances ""Existing in a very high degree; exceeding the ordinary, usual, acclimatized to, or expected situation"" is how the dictionary describes a ""extreme condition."" Extreme conditions include working in both indoor and outdoor settings under the following circumstances: extremes of humidity, heat, or cold High winds, including those from tornadoes, hurricanes, and thunderstorms hail, sleet, and heavy rain sudden flooding Lightning the presence of ice or heavy snowfall during the winter (e.g., ice buildup, slippery conditions) extreme altitude situations of both high and low atmospheric pressure Low visibility, such as from fog, smog, smoke, low or no light, etc. Walden fires a difficult terrain, such as one that is rocky, uneven, or inclined, or a remote work site other extreme circumstances, including ice roads This article addresses typical circumstances when operating in harsh environments. Here, certain circumstances like high altitude, air pressure, or putting out forest fires are not specifically covered.
What advice would you provide someone performing a danger assessment?
Always take into account both the probable harm that could result as well as the reasonable risk that severe conditions pose. When employed in a harsh environment, equipment, tools, machineries, or items' functionality may change. Include any psychological or cognitive demands that might have an impact on the worker or might heighten the seriousness of circumstances. Please refer to the OSH Answers documents on hazard and risk, hazard identification, hazard control, and risk assessment for more information on hazard identification and risk assessment.
What components make up a management plan for extreme weather conditions?
Planning for severe weather will involve: localized rescue operations rescue apparatus First aid or medical assistance is accessible, including the response time or travel distance site-wide evac Syncing up with other services (e.g., neighbouring organizations, police, fire, paramedic services, etc.) Location: rural versus urban Living/resting quarters (if needed) The dangers and risks can be managed and controlled with the aid of a management program. If there is such a thing, this product should ideally be a component of the organization's comprehensive occupational health and safety management system. A program for harsh conditions should include the following: Safe work practices in the projected conditions Plans for emergency assistance and rescue using monitoring tools when they are available (e.g., cold, heat, humidity, etc.) keeping an eye on the weather communication among all concerned parties Transportation, including backup plans in case the infrastructure is damaged (e.g., roads are closed) design of the work site, if possible Access restrictions, safe work practices, and other administrative controls are applied. education and preparation for the type of work Understanding the controls that are in place, such as monitoring tools, guards, safety nets, warning signs, warning signals (such lights or horns), working in a buddy system, etc. helping employees with any mental or cognitive challenges suitability for the job under given circumstances Find out which outside organizations might be able to assist or whether the problem requires outside assistance (e.g., an extreme storm may mean that other services such as ambulance and police are not available). Review the programs and practice the drills. Review your plan and the outcomes of the drills. To organize this review, incident investigation techniques might be useful.
Where can I find additional details concerning extreme weather conditions from CCOHS?
Planning for work in harsh environments is covered in this booklet. In OSH Answers, further details are given, including: general cold environments Environments that are frigid - working in the cold implications of cold surroundings on health and first aid Driver's Guide for Winter emergency preparation emergency preparedness guide preventing falls Protection Against Fire flood restoration controls for hot situations Effects of hot environments on health and first aid Humidex work and rating trauma-related stress disorder (PTSD) sun exposure and skin cancer chilly weather conditions Hot conditions prevail. Climate: lightning High winds in the weather working on or near water that is covered in ice"""