Locations Safeguards for Ice, Snow Slips and Falls

Identify and deal with high-risk areas. Use the Mapping tool designed to help identify areas where slips, trips and falls have happened and also where slips and trips are more likely to happen


Third-party premises

  • Implement Dynamic Site-Specific Risk Assessments
  • Empower workers to be responsible for their own safety
  • Have a general rule that workers don't walk on ice unless they can do so safely
  • Consider communicating with those responsible for premises
  • Dairy UK Guidance (August 2015) noted a company reduced delivery slip and trip accidents with a new LED cap with hands-free light in the brim

Car parks

  • Ensure proper precautions (clearing, salting, gritting) before pedestrians use the car park
  • Ensure the car park is properly maintained, e.g. no potholes, no areas where puddles form, a sufficient slope and drains
  • Highlight kerbs or other hazards under snow
  • Ensure adequate lighting set to come on automatically
  • Reduce and signpost reduced speed limits as required
  • Communicate precautions when exiting vehicles
  • Consider smart signs that warn of changing conditions

Car park with snow


External pedestrian areas

  • Identify and take precautions at pedestrian areas where the ground may not thaw - Consider shade patterns, cloud cover, direct sunlight, air temperature
  • Identify and take precautions at level changes, bodies of water that workers may try to walk on
  • Monitor weather forecasts for freezing conditions and weather warnings
  • Cordon off hazardous areas/walkways
    • Divert pedestrians to less slippery walkways
    • Provide clear walkways with a proper slip resistant surface - grit or salt may help
  • Use warning signs as required - consider smart signs that warn of changing conditions

Freeze Thaw Cycle


Entrances

The safest approach may be to ensure the floor areas inside and outside the entrance are slip resistant when wet

  • Deal with moisture that may be brought into buildings on umbrellas, raincoats, e.g. umbrella stores / covers
  • Have procedures to remove ice, snow, sleet from footwear, clothing, umbrellas
  • Provide drains, additional mats at entrances
  • Provide additional staff to monitor entrances at peak times

risk assessment approach to Ice and Snow slips (trips and falls) can include the following steps

  1. Weather
  2. Activities
  3. Locations
  4. Communication
  5. Sample Dynamic Risk Assessment

See Ice, Snow Further Information