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5 Tips for Keeping Your Employees Safe on Snowy and Rainy Days

As the winter season continues and snow and rain continue to fall, it's important for business owners to take extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of their employees. One potential hazard during snowy and rainy days is the risk of trips and falls. Snow, ice, and wet surfaces can make sidewalks, steps, and roads slippery and difficult to navigate, which can increase the likelihood of falls. To help prevent trips and falls on snowy and rainy days and comply with OSHA regulations, business owners can take the following precautions:

  1. Create a clear path: Business owners should make sure that sidewalks, steps, and other walking areas are clear of snow, ice, and other debris. This includes shoveling snow and spreading ice melt or sand to improve traction.

  2. Post warning signs: If there are particularly slippery or hazardous areas on your property, consider posting warning signs to alert employees and others to the potential danger.

  3. Provide training: Make sure employees are aware of the risks associated with slippery surfaces and how to prevent falls. Consider providing training on how to properly navigate snowy and icy conditions and how to use equipment, such as ice picks or crampons, to improve traction.

  4. Provide appropriate footwear: Encourage employees to wear boots or shoes with good traction to help prevent slips and falls on icy or wet surfaces. Consider providing employees with shoes or boots specifically designed for wet and slippery conditions.

  5. Regularly check and maintain equipment: Make sure any equipment or tools your employees use are in good condition and have good traction. This includes things like ladders, forklifts, and other vehicles.

  6. Encourage employees to take small steps: Remind employees to walk slowly and take small steps to help them maintain their balance and reduce the likelihood of falls.

  7. Ensure handrails are in good condition: If your business has stairs or an incline, make sure handrails are in good condition and easily accessible to help employees steady themselves and reduce the risk of falls.

  8. Consider modifying work schedules: If weather conditions are particularly treacherous, consider modifying work schedules to allow employees to work during times when roads and sidewalks are clearer and safer.

  9. Have a plan for inclement weather: Consider creating a plan for how to handle inclement weather conditions, including how to ensure the safety of employees who need to work outside and what to do in the event of a power outage or other emergency.

  10. Have a plan in place: In the event that an employee does suffer a fall, it's important to have a plan in place for how to respond. Make sure employees know how to report accidents and have access to first aid supplies and emergency contact information.

In conclusion, snowy and rainy days can present unique hazards and increase the risk of trips and falls. By following the tips and precautions outlined above, business owners can help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries and ensure the health and safety of their employees.

EHSPro Solutions can also provide valuable assistance in developing and implementing a plan to address the risks associated with bad weather conditions, including emergency preparedness planning. EHSPro Solutions can help businesses assess their emergency preparedness needs and develop a customized plan to ensure the safety of their employees in the event of an emergency. By taking a proactive approach to safety, businesses can protect their employees and keep their workplaces safe and compliant.


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