Winter PPE Review Update


With the arrival of winter, it’s a good time to review the personal protective equipment (PPE) for construction workers operating in cold conditions. Contractors face unique challenges requiring additional PPE for their safety and well-being.

Here’s a checklist to go over with your crew.

Insulated Clothing

Insulated jackets, pants, and coveralls for warmth in cold temperatures. Layered clothing offers flexibility to adjust insulation based on weather conditions.

Waterproof and Windproof Outerwear

Jackets and pants that protect against rain, snow, and wind. Sealed seams and durable water-repellent coatings enhance water resistance.

Insulated Boots

Boots that are insulated, waterproof, and slip-resistant to keep feet warm and dry and prevent cold-related injuries like frostbite.

Thermal Underwear

Thermal or moisture-wicking base layers to provide additional insulation and manage sweat. Materials like polyester or merino wool are effective in keeping the body warm.

Insulated Gloves

Insulated, waterproof gloves or mittens to keep hands warm and dry. Get gloves with good dexterity for handling tools and materials.

Head Protection

Insulated hats or balaclavas that cover the head and ears. Use a hard-hat liner for additional warmth while still meeting safety requirements.

Face Protection

Face masks or neck gaiters to shield the face and neck from cold gusts.

Eye Protection

Safety glasses or goggles with anti-fog coatings to protect the eyes from cold winds and debris. Polarized lenses may help reduce glare from snow.

Reflective Clothing

Reflective stripes that improve visibility in low-light and winter conditions.

Hand and Foot Warmers

Disposable hand and foot warmers for extra warmth in extremely cold conditions.

Insulated Tool Grips and Handles

To decrease the transfer of coldness to the hands.

Inspect fall protection equipment, such as harnesses and lanyards, and ensure it is in good working order and suited for winter use. Make sure the equipment fits over your winter clothes. In addition, carry emergency equipment such as first-aid kits, communication devices, and emergency blankets in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Proper training on the use and care of winter PPE is essential. Emphasize the importance of staying dry and warm during cold-weather construction activities. Regular breaks, hydration, and monitoring for signs of cold stress are also critical to ensure worker safety in the winter.