After a warm summer, winter is slowly but steadily on it's way with falling temperatures and shorter days. To ensure the safety of your employees during the cold season we advise you to put the right safety precautions in place sooner rather than later.
When it’s cold outside, roadways may be blocked, ground may be covered with snow, pipes may freeze and burst and machinery may not work. According to the HSE, the employer must minimise the risks from snow and ice. As with any health and safety assessment and policy, your business needs to plan for adverse weather conditions, potential hazards need to be identified, and measures need to be put in place to reduce those risks.
Slip and trip accidents increase during the Autumn and Winter season for a number of reasons: there is less daylight, leaves fall onto paths and become wet and slippery and cold weather spells cause ice and snow to build up on paths. There are effective actions that you can take to reduce the risk of a slip or trip. Regardless of the size of your site, always ensure that regularly used walkways are promptly tackled.
The most common method used to de-ice floors is gritting as it is relatively cheap, quick to apply and easy to spread. Rock salt (plain and treated) is the most commonly used ‘grit’. It is the substance used on public roads by the highways authority. Salt can stop ice forming and cause existing ice or snow to melt.
Gritting should be carried out when frost, ice or snow is forecast or when walkways are likely to be damp or wet and the floor temperatures are at, or below freezing. The best times are early in evening before the frost settles and/or early in the morning before employees arrive.
In order to clear ice from pathways, car parks and entry points easily and effectively, spreading materials should be stored close by in designated containers. Materials such as salt, granules or sand often become unusable if stored incorrectly so proper storage is particularly important. With our Type GB containers your spreading material is protected in every weather and is always ready for use.
Our GB grit bins are not only impact-resistant, durable and weather-resistant, but thanks to the space-saving design, they can also be stacked 5 high with or without a lid.
The overlapping lid has been designed to prevent the ingress of precipitates and therefore protect stored materials from increased clumping. There is also an integral storage compartment within the lid for gloves and other accessories. The lid can also be easily mounted or dismantled without the use of tools thanks to the robust hinge.
The girt bins have also been designed with integral fork pockets for easy transportation with pallet trucks or forklifts when refilling is necessary, or if they are required elsewhere in the facility.
Due to their stable side handle edges, however, there is also the possibility of manual transport.
Be ready for the winter freezes and frosts with our grit bins and trolleys. Our grit bins can hold a range of volumes and are all sturdy enough to withstand the worst of a British winter offering a fast and simple way of clearing pathways, car parks and entry points of ice, regardless of how much space you have to cover.
Are your employees well protected in any weather? In our practical guide to operational safety during the winter months, we answer frequently asked questions on traffic safety and protection obligations in the wet, snow and black ice.
With the days getting shorter again, we recommend you re-assess the lighting conditions within your workplace.
Proper lighting enhances well-being, increases concentration and helps prevent accidents at work. At DENIOS we offer a number of lighting systems to meet the needs of your business.
Who is responsible for lighting in the workplace? Which regulations and guidelines should be observed?
In our guide, you will learn what you need to do to create the optimal lighting conditions and what legal regulations must be observed.