Top Tips for Getting your Business’ Health & Safety Ready for Winter

Inspector on winter roof

WINTER IS COMING, the days are getting shorter and the weather is becoming far more unpredictable. But what health and safety procedures do you need to take to keep your business and employees safe this winter?

Check out Alcumus’ faff-free Winter Checklist

Checklist Activity
Are you/your teams expected to drive? Have you packed an emergency kit? Check that you have hi-vis jacket, boots, blanket, food and water, de-icing equipment, torch, tow rope, hazard warning triangle, shovel and a fully charged mobile phone.
Are you/ your teams fully equipped with workwear and footwear? Audit staff workwear and footwear and make order new items where needed
Is there enough lighting around the site for all planned activities to be able to see and avoid hazards that might be on the ground?
  • Walk the main internal and external routes that operatives use at different times of the day.
  • Undertake a risk assessment of potential hazards and what you’ll do to mitigate the risk
Have fallen leaves become wet / started to decay? Put in place a procedure for removing leaves at regular intervals as the leaves are falling
Are your pavements slip resistant?
  • Discourage people from taking shortcuts over grass or dirt which are likely to become slippery when wet.
  • Consider converting existing shortcuts into proper paths or supply temporary matting and removing standing water.
Have you done a risk assessment of current or potential areas that may cause ongoing risks due to ice, frost or snow? Discuss common areas with Clients and agree who has responsibility for managing during the construction phase of the project.

  • Put a procedure in place to prevent an icy surface forming and/or keep pedestrians off the slippery surface.
  • Use grit or similar, on areas prone to be slippery in frosty, icy conditions.
  • Consider covering walkways e.g., by a canopy high enough for people to walk through or use an insulating material on smaller areas overnight.
  • Divert pedestrians to less slippery walkways and barrier off existing ones and provide warning signage.
  • If warning cones are used, remember to remove them once the hazard has passed or they will eventually be ignored.
Have you planned for the coming week ahead? Monitor the temperature, as prevention is key. Use technology including apps to get weekly/daily weather forecasts.

–          Grit BEFORE frost, ice and snow is forecast, ideally early evening or early morning

Cut out the faff

We’re here to help you cut out the faff and our Alcumus Consultants can support you with all your risk assessment needs to help you ensure that they comply with current statutory and regulatory requirements.

Call 01484 439930 or visit the Alcumus website to find out more.

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