There have been huge improvements over the last number of years in reducing the number of accidents and injuries to workers, however what is less recognised is that the construction site can still pose a significant risk in relation to health issues also.
According to the HSA to qualify as a PSDP you must have:
With freezing temperatures construction work can be more hazardous than normal. Many construction projects take place in areas highly exposed to winter weather such as windfarms. When the body is unable to warm itself, cold related stress may result. Four factors contribute to cold stress: cold air temperatures, high velocity air movement, dampness of the air and contact with cold water or surfaces. A cold environment forces the body to work harder to maintain its temperature. Cold air, water, and snow all draw heat from the body. Wind chill is the combination of air temperature and wind speed. Risk Assessments need to be reviewed as extreme low temperatures greatly change and usually increase the risks associated with most external construction work.