Winter Warning

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to not only protect their workers day-to-day, but to also consider additional risks that can occur in wintery weather. So are you prepared for your additional responsibilities this winter?

Your risk assessment should take into account the effects of cold weather, however those might manifest themselves. This means considering the impacts of icy ground and walkways, thinking about the implications of requiring drivers to take to the road in snow and ice and assessing what might occur if you allow the temperature of workrooms to drop below 16°C.

There are many different things to consider and these will vary from business to business. The trouble is that, when you are so close to these on a day-to-day basis, you might not perceive what you need to take into consideration.

Having an external expert view your business can often provide a completely different perspective. If you need help analysing all of your various winter risk areas, call the Gauntlet team on 0113 244 8686.

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