Employees are usually very aware of the processes, procedures and guidelines designed to make the workplace a safe environment for all. These rules and regulations are in place to minimize the risk of accident or injury while on the job.
During the winter season, we must also consider an increased number of hazards that can be caused by ice or snow. A simple act of walking to your car in the parking lot, or between buildings at work, can lead to accidental injury from a slip or fall.
To avoid the costs associated with these types of accidents, and to help minimize the risk to employees, employers should provide useful information to their employees on how to minimize the risk of injury and illness. Here are a few tips to get you started:
Winter Workplace Safety -
- Clear ice and snow from all walkways
- Use products designed for de-icing to speed the process
- Clearly marked and well-lit walkways are less dangerous
- Use caution entering the workplace, as floors near doorways could be wet
- Wear footwear with slip-resistant soles
- Walk slowly, taking small steps, on slippery surfaces
- Do not carry heavy loads when walking on slippery surfaces
- Place barricades around hazardous areas
- Sunglasses on sunny days can lessen glare from ice and snow
- Be careful when getting in or out of a vehicle
Protect your employees from these hazards by calling special attention to the additional dangers of winter weather conditions. Post these tips, and others, in break rooms and on bulletin boards in common areas. Send an email to all employees regarding this important issue. Promote safety at all times.
To help you better understand cold-related illnesses, how to prevent and treat them, and the issues they can cause your employees and your organization, refer to a previous article by clicking here.