6 tips for winter safety in the workplace

Published by Nathan Flint on 10 December 2014
in Improving safety, Workplace supplies

Winter has arrived and brought the cold weather along for the ride. All of a sudden, the commute to and from work becomes a challenge, with all sorts of obstacles thrown in our paths.

Here are six tips to keep you safe during this testing season.

1. Warm up the car

If you’re travelling by car, make sure to warm up your car before setting off. Chances are you’ll be greeted by a frozen windscreen and a whole load of condensation inside your car, both of which hamper visibility. Warming up your car will eliminate these issues and you’ll avoid having to sit on a cold seat!

2. Spare clothing

During the season you should keep a thick coat in your car at a minimum. But, should the worst happen, this may not be enough! If you break down and have to get out of your car then you’ll need to keep warm and covered, so it makes sense to keep additional layers in case of emergency.

3. Dress appropriately

Wear thick socks or even an extra layer– these can always be removed later. Also, if you wear gloves, consider mittens. Mittens are better for retaining heat as your fingers will stay warmer for longer through touching each other. This is, of course, not recommended if you’re in charge of a vehicle.

4. Keep your hands out of your pockets

This may seem a little strange, but putting your hands in your pockets increases the chance of you losing your balance and falling over on ice or snow. And you don’t want to land flat on your face without any hands to break the fall.

5. Rock salt

Rock Salt helps melt the ice on slippery surfaces. Identify the areas around the building that require attention and ensure they have been covered. Ensure you have a supply of salt to hand– PHS supply wheelie salt bins for easier distribution!

6. Report damage

A winter storm can cause all kinds of damage. A periodic check of the premises will reveal any potential hazards and allow you to take preventative measures to avoid injuries, further damage or interruption to your working day.

by Nathan Flint in Improving safety, Workplace supplies