Cold Weather Preparations January 7, 2010 Winter weather has descended on the Gulf Coast Region and the accompanying frigid temperatures deserve your added attention. Be aware that exposure to cold temperature and high winds can cause hypothermia in relatively short periods of time. Frostbite to hands and face are possible in these conditions. Dress appropriately. This may require your taking an inventory of present clothing and bringing out heavier gear from home. A warming trend does not mean the cold weather is through, prepare accordingly. Your platform or work areas may utilize electrical space heaters to augment its heating system. If these devices are used, be especially vigilant to maintain a safe perimeter around the heater (at least three feet). Make sure any combustibles are properly stored, remove clothing, bedding, magazines, so that nothing contacts the heater. If production operations require your attention, utilize the buddy system, especially at night or working below decks. Do not take any unnecessary risks to prolong exposure. Winter weather often brings winds and elevated sea states. After winter storms, make sure that + 10 areas are intact (ESD stations, handrails). Use added caution when loading/unloading vessels, especially with personnel, and do not hesitate to enact STOP WORK AUTHORITY. Make an inventory of life saving equipment and replace anything swept away. Monitor the + 10 area for any open holes which may have resulted from high seas. Barricade these as per Apache policy immediately. This winter cold weather will bring plunging temperatures, possibly for an extended period of time. BE PREPARED.