Avoiding Winter woes at work – Part 1

Maintaining workplace safety during the Winter months is all about communication



Winter weather


Factor adverse weather conditions into your risk assessments. Make sure your leadership team and Health & Safety Managers are aware of the communication tools that they have available to remind staff about Winter hazards. Snow, icy conditions, heavy rain, surface flooding, and high winds can all impact work-related travel and journeys to and from work. A friendly text reminder to avoid unnecessary travel, to allow more time to get from A to B and to carry appropriate clothing, spare food, a spade and blankets, could make all the difference.


A severe weather policy


Also consider having a severe weather policy with guidelines as to what employees should do in very severe conditions and how to remain safe. This should include your severe weather communication plan. For example, staff could expect to receive a text message the night before a predicted storm, advising them to check their texts for updates before leaving home in the morning. Once you have assessed the situation in the morning, you can use your mass alert system to let employees know if they should stay home. Ideally you should already have regional groups set up in your emergency management communication platform, so you can focus in on the areas impacted.

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