Cold Weather Apparel on the Job Site

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Robison Wells
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As cold temperatures move across the contiguous United States, the East Coast will experience below average temperatures this winter between December and February of 2019. According to meteorologists from The Weather Channel, the East Coast will experience a slightly warmer than average December, but they should expect to see a much colder late winter in the region. hh2 knows that the weather doesn’t always halt construction projects, so we’ve found the best winter apparel to keep you warm on the job site.

Keeping workers safe on the job site is of the utmost importance to crew managers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a “Cold Stress Guide” for workers to best understand the risks associated with working in the cold and what precautions they can take to minimize those risks (

Dressing properly is extremely important to preventing cold stress,” the article states. “The type of fabric worn also makes a difference. Cotton loses its insulation value when it becomes wet. Wool, silk and most synthetics, on the other hand, retain their insulation even when wet.”

OSHA suggests that workers wear at least three layers of loose fitting clothing, a hat or a hood and insulated gloves and shoes. It is also best to avoid cotton and opt for wool or a synthetic material. For more recommendations, read the safety guide here:


If you work outdoors, you’ll know this outerwear name. Carhartt is a staple is many construction laborers’ closets with jackets designed to keep you warm on the coldest days. These jackets offer water resistance to keep you warm and insulation for extra warmth.

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For warmth on those below zero days, Milwaukee has designed heated outerwear! Wear these heated jackets as an outer shell or as an added layer for extra warmth. These jackets come with a battery and charger to keep you warm when you need it the most.

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According to the balance small business (, it is very important for workers in colder climates to wear the right footwear.

“When the work involves walking in water, waterproof boots must be worn. Leather boots can be treated and waterproofed with special products that do not block the pores in the boot surface. The best-suited shoes are leather-topped boots with removable felt insoles,” states the article.

In another article published in Work Boots Review, laborers are able to see what qualities make for a good work boot in colder climates. Items such as insulation, waterproofing, durability, comfort and safety are all highlighted as qualities to look for when shopping for your next work boot. Big names such as Wolverine, Chippewa and Timberland boots can all be found on their top 10 list.

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