Preparing for winter - your business checklist

Published by Paul Drury on 07 October 2014
in Cleanliness & hygiene, Improving safety, Staff well-being, Washrooms, Matting & floorcare, Workplace supplies

Each year, you need to make sure your business is ready for the winter months, which often have more negative effects than any other time of the year.

Once you’ve identified the ways that winter can impact on your business, it’s time to take action.

To help you get organised, we’ve put together this quick checklist that should cover all the areas you need to be worried about:

Keeping sickness down

  • Promote good hygiene – Encourage employees to practice good personal hygiene and wash their hands regularly. Make sure you’re stocked up with soap and NO-GERMS™ hand sanitiser.
  • Keep germs at bay – By using products like soap dispensers with a special antimicrobial protection, you can stop the spread of infection.
  • Provide drinking facilities – Drinking fluids helps keep us healthy. Both cold and hot water dispensers are essential for to keeping a healthy workforce.
  • Drying cabinets – Providing garment drying facilities for those that walk or cycle in to work in bad weather, or employees that work outside or in cold conditions, can help seriously reduce illness and improve worker wellbeing.

Minimising injury

  • Enforce best practice – Make sure all cables are safely organised, that carpets are not loose and walkways are clear at all times.
  • Install entrance matting – Matting at entry points to your premises stops the spread of moisture and dirt throughout the building which can cause slip hazards.
  • Clean floors effectively – Having floors professionally cleaned and maintained reduces the risk of falls and makes hazards easier to identify.

Staying accessible

  • Roads and walkways – Make sure frost and snow doesn’t hamper access to your site by either using a gritting service or stocking up on rock salt yourself.
  • Alternative commuting – Encourage lift-sharing and make it as easy as possible for staff to find alternative commuting methods if bad weather puts their primary one out of action.
  • Be flexible – If employees can’t get to work due to weather conditions, try to provide the facility to work from home.

Building maintenance

  • Regulate temperature – Have your boiler serviced before the bad weather to ensure you have a reliable heating system over the winter months.
  • Check your cover – Make sure your buildings insurance covers you for as many weather related eventualities as possible and that the supplier will make good on any claims.
  • Get issues sorted – Stop putting off those minor building maintenance or plumbing issues that have been there over the summer as the winter could amplify the problem.
  • Have a plan – Ensure you have a selection of trusted contractors on hand to sort out any surprise issues as quickly as possible after they happen.

by Paul Drury in Cleanliness & hygiene, Improving safety, Staff well-being, Washrooms, Matting & floorcare, Workplace supplies