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Cold Stress


Working in a cold environment increases the likelihood of the employee going through cold stress as the body's skin and core temperature begin to decrease below 36 to 37°C. The cold environment includes not only cold air temperature but also wind chill which further decreases the temperature. The core temperature decreases as the body loses heat to the cold environment through heat loss mechanisms such as conduction and convection. The decrease in core temperature is then followed by varying degrees of injury and illnesses to the worker, which in some cases may be serious.

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