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Tips on Winter Risk Assessing and Safety Checklist from Acorn Health & Safety

As we head into the winter and with colder weather approaching now is the time to plan ahead to ensure your business is prepared for the probability of bad weather at some point during the winter.

Most slips, trips and falls occur in wet or contaminated conditions, so needless to say the risk increases significantly at this time of year.

We recommend you undertake a winter risk assessment to identify hazards that might affect your employees and others. In the event of severe or adverse weather, hazards might include: driving, slips trips and falls, poor lighting, cold and freezing temperatures, lone working, heating appliances and work equipment. It may be appropriate to introduce a ‘Winter Driving Policy’ – thought should be given to those days when travel becomes dangerous for alternative working options i.e. Home working on those days

We have a FREE Winter Safety Checklist (PDF) that you can download from our website which provides you with a brief snapshot of sensible winter practices. Taking a few minutes to review your winter health and safety practices will help identify whether you are doing everything you should be to keep your employees and business/organisation safe and on the right side of the law.