Working outside often comes with many potential hazards. These hazards can increase with cold, snowy, and icy conditions. It’s important during the winter (and every season) to encourage workers to follow all proper safety regulations. You want to develop a company environment that really drives home the importance of safety.
Make sure your employees are knowledgeable on all safety procedures. Take extra measures to ensure that all outside areas around your workplace are clear of potential hazards. Help your employees be knowledgeable in what they should wear during these kind of winter days. Encourage warmer clothes and shoes with good traction.
If your workers have to drive company vehicles, make sure they’ve done some winter driving training. It’s better to take this extra step than to assume they know how to handle the vehicle during bad weather conditions.
When sending people out on a job, send them in pairs. This allows another person to be available to help look for potential hazards and someone to be available if something should go wrong.
There are a lot of potential hazards during the winter, including: hypothermia, trench foot, frostbite, slips, falls, and car accidents. Help your employees to be informed on how to to stay safe while working in cold conditions.
You can also help better prepare them for anything, by suggesting they keep emergency kits in their car. They should have a blanket, shovel, litter or sand (rock salt is another option), warm clothes (such as a coat and gloves), and a scraper. And, just like all year long, a flashlight, first aid kit, and jumper cables should always be available. Keeping non-perishables in the car is another good idea in case your workers would get stuck somewhere. Also, encourage employees to always have a charged phone on them, with an option to recharge it as needed (an extra battery or charger).
Winter can throw more hazards at us. That’s why it’s essential to identify potential hazards ahead of time and handle them as soon as possible. It’s also important to help educate employees on workplace safety so that everyone can stay safe all season long.