Winter Weather - Plan, Equip, Train
"Winter weather presents hazards including slippery roads/surfaces, strong winds and environmental cold. Employers must prevent illnesses, injuries, or fatalities, by controlling these hazards in workplaces impacted by winter weather. Please see OSHA’s webpage for Winter Weather at https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/winter_weather/index.html
Also, if you’d like to find information to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and other hazards when working with portable generators, please see our “Using Portable Generators Safely” Fact Sheet which is available at: https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_Hurricane_Facts/portable_generator_safety.html
As a reminder when using portable generators:
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas. Many people have died from CO poisoning because their generator was not adequately ventilated.
Never use a generator indoors or in enclosed spaces such as garages, crawl spaces, and basements. NOTE: Open windows and doors may NOT prevent CO from building up when a generator is located in an enclosed space.
Make sure a generator has 3 to 4 feet of clear space on all sides and above it to ensure adequate ventilation.
Do not use a generator outdoors if its placement near doors, windows, and vents could allow CO to enter and build up in occupied spaces.
If you or others show symptoms of CO poisoning— dizziness, headaches, nausea, tiredness—get to fresh air immediately and seek medical attention. Do not re-enter the area until it is determined to be safe by trained and properly equipped personnel."