Communication of Safeguards for Ice, Snow Slips and Falls
In the event of snow and ice it can be vital that everyone knows what additional safeguards are in place. Consider smart signs that warn of changing conditions. It is also critical to get rapid feedback from staff about new/ changing hazards.
In a New Scientist article, half of workers believed it’s the company’s responsibility (not theirs) to prevent slips and trips. It's important to make employees aware of their responsibility to take reasonable care of them self and others, co-operate with the employer and report dangers under Section 13 of the 2005 Act.
Ensure people know
- What weather warnings have been issued
- What additional precautions they must take, e.g. dynamic risk assessment
- What areas are off-limits
- What additional equipment they must use
- What additional precautions are required to ensure visitors to the site are protected
- That they must report and take precautions to alleviate, any hazardous conditions seen
- How hazardous conditions should be reported to management
A risk assessment approach to Ice and Snow slips (trips and falls) can include the following steps
- Sample Dynamic Risk Assessment
See Ice, Snow Further Information