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How to avoid getting sick or injured while working during the winter months

3 January 2019 No Comment

Working in the winter time is a little different to the summer months because, as an employee, you’re dealing with different elements. It’s likely to rain more, and rapidly falling temperatures often turn rain water to ice when it doesn’t disperse down the drain system fast enough. Roads, entryways and goods in delivery depots all present an increased risk of accidents on the job. It’s also easier to get sick in the wintertime too.

Here are some tips on how to avoid getting sick or injured at this time of year.

Avoid Foot Injuries with Better Footwear

The O2 work footwear model is a good example of the quality available from engelbert strauss. Its Boa Fit system uses steel straps wrapped in nylon rather than laces that can get caught in doorways or hook onto machinery at ground level. With moisture wicking, the shoes for work provide a windproof and waterproof outer shell, along with internal lining that absorbs moisture to make the shoes more comfortable to wear. Moisture wicking works better when wearing breathable socks too.

The safety footwear S1 model from engelbert strauss is another option for employees who enjoy a running shoe-type design – perhaps for warehouse use – but they can prevent injuries with toe capped shoes. When working in a warehouse, there’s always the risk of having a box fall down on the feet causing bodily injury, so protection at the top of each shoe is a good idea. With a stronger sole that handles static, resists fuel spills and handles sudden heat up to 150-degrees, these shoes offer nimble movement from the EVA inner sole along with protection all around the foot in the case of a workplace accident with combustible materials.

Both models are available in a range of colours to more closely match an established uniform code and are affordable workwear.

Die Kollektion wurde in Zusammenarbeit mit der Stuntmen´s Association entwickelt. Foto: engelbert straussBundle Up to Prevent Getting the Chills

It depends what type of job that you do as to how vulnerable you are to the elements. For example, when working in an office, you’ll mostly only have to be concerned about staying warm when commuting to and from the business premises. However, when working with a team of labourers or as a warehouse staff member, being outdoors in almost all weathers is part and parcel of daily working life.

When a chill comes over the body, it leads to shivers and may cause a cold later on when exposed to additional germs. This is why you and other people tend to get sick more often in the wintertime than in any other season.

With office workers, there’s often a need to wear extra layers in case either the outside or the office is colder than expected. When working outside, multiple layers that can be peeled off as needed proves helpful in handling temperature changes during different parts of the day.

Stock Up on Multi-Vitamins

We tend to only pick up extra vitamin C when we have already gotten a cold. However, that’s usually a little too late. Instead, look at regularly taking a well-made vitamin product that has all the major vitamins and minerals covered with the recommended daily allowance.

A product like Centrum is a good choice which is available in a regular version; one for women and one for the over 50’s too. It’s widely available and made by one of the major pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer, so its quality is assured.

By taking multi-vitamins daily as part of a whole health routine, it encourages the body’s immune system to ward off the sniffles and fight off germs before they become something more serious.

Safe Practices in the Office

By adopting safe practices in the office, you and other staff members will avoid accidents. Simple things like not leaving cabinet doors open and closing desk drawers after removing what was needed from them are two obvious ones that otherwise can injure shins and other parts of the body. Cleaning up spills and ensuring that a warning sign is erected to advise people to give the damp carpet a wide birth while it dries is sensible too.

Being mindful of safety at work avoids most unnecessary injuries. Walking, rather than running, despite the urgency of something prevents the overeager from being a fast-moving liability too. It’s often the surprising things that cause accidents, so being always mindful is helpful.

As an employee, it’s important to do your part to avoid getting sick during winter and to prevent injuries either to yourself or others. Being prepared to deal with the weather elements avoids much of the tendency to get ill later in the year. Wearing protective footwear and putting on clothing in layers allows for heat regulation during changing weather and temperatures both outdoors and indoors too. Being prepared makes all the difference.

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