This European Standard describes methods for the assessment of the risk of cold injury and other adverse effects when a cold surface is touched by bare hand/finger skin.
This standard provides ergonomics data to establish temperature limit values for cold solid surfaces. The values established can be used in the development of special standards, where surface temperature limit values are required.
The data of this standard will be applicable to all fields where cold solid surfaces cause a risk of acute effects: pain, numbness and frostbite.
The data are not limited to the hands but apply to human skin in general.
The standard is applicable to the healthy skin of adults (females and males). Considerations on the extension of applications are given in Annex B.