A new ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard provides a comprehensive method for assessing risk and managing work practices in cold environments.

ISO 15743:2008, Ergonomics of the thermal environment — Cold workplaces — Risk assessment and management was developed because of the negative impact of cold on human health and performance, as well as on work productivity, quality, and safety, according to the organization.

Included in the standard are practical instructions for identifying individuals with symptoms that increase their cold sensitivity, guidance and instructions for individual cold protection, and safe practices for working in cold conditions.

ISO 15743:2008 complements a series of ISO standards concerned with work in cold conditions, as well as other areas of thermal stress.

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