Winter weather can create various hazards that include slippery surfaces and roads, strong winds and frigid temperatures. These conditions can promote an increase in workplace accidents that include hypothermia, frostbite and falls. However, many of those injuries can be prevented with the right preparation and presence of mind.
Prevention techniques are most effective when everyone in the organization makes safety a priority. The following measures can help keep you safe at work during the winter months:
- - Keep walkways, stairways and other work areas clear of hazards, such as water on floors and snow on sidewalks. For hazardous areas that can’t be addressed immediately, mark them with temporary signs or barricades to warn others.
- - Exercise caution when working outdoors. Wear footwear with heavy treads for increased traction, and make yourself visible to drivers by wearing a bright vest or jacket.
- - Recognize the signs of hypothermia and frostbite. When working outside, it’s important to keep moving and perform moderate exercises to help you stay warm and maintain good blood circulation.
- - Ensure you understand safety procedures related to winter driving if you are required to operate a vehicle as part of your regular duties. Above all, practice defensive driving techniques and inspect your vehicle before getting on the road.
Together, these tips can help you stay safe at work during the winter months. If you have questions or need additional information, contact your supervisor.