Any Worker that is exposed to cold temperatures can suffer from cognitive function impairment in motor speed, working memory, reaction time, verbal speech communications, and other executive functions.
Cognitive function impairment can be worse with longer durations of cold exposure, colder temperature exposures, wind chill effects, high relative humidity, ineffective protective clothing, less than adequate Worker hydration, and many other factors.
Cognitive function impairment from cold exposure can persist into the recovery period after removal from the cold environment and during the rewarming phase.
For example, in a cold workplace such as a cold storage facility, oil and gas work in cold climates, some military environments, and search and rescue work, a Worker’s safety and performance could be dramatically altered when cognitive function impairment occurs both during the cold exposure and during the recovery period. Quick Test™ can assist the Employer with an “in the moment” assessment of a cold exposed Worker’s cognitive function status to determine if a suboptimal cognitive function result is present that would support removal of the Worker from the performance of safety sensitive duties and the completion of a health assessment with the Worker.