The temperature has dropped significantly in the last few weeks signalling that winter is well and truly here. Whilst it is important to take care in the workplace throughout the year, it’s especially important during the colder months. Here are some things to consider when you are at work to stay safe this winter.
When driving to and from work in the winter months, it’s vital to take extra precaution on the roads. Make sure you plan your journey accordingly and remember to check local weather warnings. If it’s snowy or icy on the roads you will need to reduce your speed so ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Another thing you will need to consider is preparing your vehicle for the wintery conditions. Check your lights are clean and in good working condition and that your windscreen wipers work and ensure your tyres have enough tread depth and pressure.
The most common accidents in the workplace are slips, trips and falls, more so when it’s wet or icy. If your job requires you to spend a lot of time outdoors, or if you walk to work, it’s advised that you wear strong, suitable footwear with a good grip and to use handrails where available. By keeping entrances and walkways clean and dry and by putting the right health and safety signs in place this will hopefully reduce the risk of any accidents in the workplace. If you do have an accident at work, you will be able to get professional assistance from places like Slater & Gordon who will be able to help you get back on your feet.
If your job requires you to use a ladder at work, make sure you are using it correctly so you’re not putting yourself and others at danger. Consider if the ladder is the correct type that you require and if it can handle your weight and/or any load you may carrying with you. If it’s possible to use accessories such as a safety mat, this will maximise the stability of the ladder.
There’s a lot less daylight during the winter months and for a lot of people that means heading to and from work in the dark. Dress appropriately and make sure you are visible to others by wearing high-visibility (HV) clothing, such as jackets or trousers as this will increase your chances of being seen by others. It’s important to stay warm during these months too, so don’t forget to wrap up warm and if possible wear gloves that have grips on them.
By following this guidance you can ensure everyone stays safe this winter.