In each case, the question should be asked whether hazardous conditions can be avoided altogether, or work can be changed so that employees are less exposed to heat and cold stress. Where possible, projects and daily work schedules should be planned around weather conditions. For example, maintenance and repair jobs can be planned for less harsh months.
However, in many sectors, work must continue despite adverse winter weather and employers owe a duty of care to their workforce. For businesses with outdoor workers, equipping staff to complete tasks to the best of their ability and continue the smooth running of the business is a must.
As well as improving health and safety, taking care of your outdoor workers is also likely to improve morale and productivity.