Preparing for Unpredictable Spring Weather -- Occupational Health & Safety

2022-05-29 00:41:03 By : Ms. carrie zuo

Spring is just around the corner, so it’s time to prepare with the proper protective gear for the season.

Spring is a time for rebirth, hope and renewal. It is a time for digging and planting and watching things grow. However, it’s also a time for unpredictable and severe weather. As American writer and humorist Mark Twain said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” English writer and social critic Charles Dickens said, “Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”

What is called “meteorological spring” occurs from March 1 to May 31 each year. According to, “Wide-ranging weather impacts occur in those three months because of a battle between warmer air trying to budge farther northward and the last of winter's cold plunging southward out of Canada. That temperature contrast fuels a strong jet stream and, therefore, highly variable weather conditions.”

When It’s Spring, You Need These Things

Necessary jobsite gear to protect workers from wind and rain is crucial during springtime. Spring weather is unpredictable, bringing thunderstorms, floods, tornadoes and even snowstorms to jobsites across the country. Because of the highly variable weather conditions, every safety professional needs a variety of protective gear in their spring safety program. Windshirts, rainwear and cross-seasonal gear can help safety professionals prepare for the roller-coaster weather of spring.

Windy days are often associated with spring weather, so wearing windbreakers is as commonplace as flying a kite in the spring. However, workers have another option to protect them at windy jobsites: high-visibility windshirts.

A high-visibility windshirt, like a windbreaker, protects workers from the wind. It also keeps workers visible to help prevent struck-by accidents. High-visibility windshirts are often designed with extra pockets and features that help workers keep essential tools handy.

This article originally appeared in the March 2021 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.

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