Working Safely In Wet And Icy Conditions

Winter weather hazards, such as snow, sleet, rain and ice, are extremely likely to cause slip and fall incidents. Workers in warehouses and distribution centres, who are frequently moving between inside and outside can cause surfaces to become wet and slippery. Limited daylight hours make it more hazardous as workers may be working in the dark and unable to see slippery areas. There are, however, precautions to help employees work safely in wet and icy conditions.

Stay safe. High quality, properly fitting, slip resistant footwear is vitally important for worker safety. Workers need footwear that is suitable for the job and for the working conditions. It is a good idea to clean work shoes and boots regularly and inspect them, paying particular attention to the tread. A worn tread will seriously compromise the slip resistance. In addition to correct footwear, those who spend a lot of time outside or in cold areas should wear appropriate winter weather clothing. Thermal, anti-slip work gloves and thermal socks help improve the comfort, morale and safety of the workforce.

 

Pay attention. It is best to assume that all wet, dark surfaces are slippery. In the cold weather, even water vapour can freeze and create an almost invisible layer of ice. When using stairs, use the hand railings, do not take shortcuts even when in a hurry and use clean, well-lit designated walkways. There is no substitute for watching your step and taking extra care.

 

Take precautions. Snow, ice and other hazardous conditions should be removed or treated promptly. Everyone should be alerted to potentially dangerous areas. Winter weather is here. To have a safe and efficient winter, anticipate hazards and pay attention to the winter working conditions. If you have any questions about working safely in wet and icy conditions, contact us.