Working in Cold Temperatures
The effects of cold exposure depend on the type of physical activity, type of clothing, individual characteristics such as gender, age and health, and exposure from climatic conditions such as temperature and wind. The contributing factors of cold exposure can result in effects such as discomfort, reduced physical performance, impaired cognition, cold injuries and cold associated injuries. Furthermore, reduced performance can lead to reduced concentration and may increase the risk of accidents and injuries. Exposure to cold impairs cognition, such as problem-solving and decision-making, and may adversely affect physical functions, concentration and vigilance, which can lead to longer response time and increased amount of errors. To avoid critical situations, it is imperative to decrease cold exposure as it may affect cognitive performance and influence safety.
Due to the cold climate and risks involved working in it, it has been a demand for equipment to monitor workers in cold climate.