30 October 2017
Winter Workplace Safety
Once we’ve waved our last goodbyes to the summer sunshine, it’s time to start getting excited for crunchy leaves, cosy nights and the wonderful festive season.
From Halloween parties and Bonfire Night fireworks, to the Christmas countdown and bringing the New Year in in style, there are plenty of things to look forward to during the cooler months. However with harsher weather conditions, shorter periods of daylight, busier roads and subzero temperatures comes an even stronger emphasis on safety.
For many of us, your office or work environment is where you spend a vast majority of your time so workplace safety should be high on your list of seasonal priorities (yes, even before half price selection boxes). With this in mind, we’ve put together a handy guide on how to stay safe in your workplace during the winter months, covering some of the most essential points of consideration.
Careful driving, increased road awareness and vehicle safety checks are particularly crucial during the cold seasons, whether it’s a part of your job or just the daily commute to and from work. Our recent research revealed that in 2014, 29 people were killed and a further 251 were seriously injured as a result of ice or snow on the roads. Statistics like this could be drastically reduced if we all took some extra time to prepare our vehicles properly, leave more time for journeys and adapt our driving techniques in accordance to the weather.
It’s not just your tyres that are susceptible to skidding when the ground below is more slippery than usual. Slips, trips and falls become much bigger risks when it is wet, snowy or icy so it’s vital that you take extra care and all of the necessary precautions to stay upright. Whether your job is based indoors or outdoors, now is the perfect time to invest in some footwear with a strong grip and pay extra attention to hand rails and safety features. If you do work outdoors a lot, making sure you wear high-vis clothing is of paramount importance to help drivers see you in the dark.
For more information on how to keep you and your colleagues safe at work during the winter months, download and check out our infographic. If you have any advice or tips on seasonal workplace safety that you’d like to shout about, head on over to Facebook or Twitter and share them with us. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WinterWorkplaceSafety when you come and join the conversation!