Winter Risk Management
How well are you prepared for the cold weather?
Recent research has revealed that UK companies are not planning ahead sufficiently when it comes to the winter period.
Businesses should regularly review their winter management plans and implementany changes or improvements to reduce unneccedssary business costs and mitigate potential liability claims and or reputational damage.
A winter management plan should be an integral part of any organisation’s health and safety policy and should include:
- A clear process with allocated overall responsibility for overseeing the plan and specific tasks assigned to individuals
- Detailed site specifications with identified hazardous areas and bespoke clearance and gritting instructions for each site including risk assessments and method statements
- Continuous monitoring of the plan and performance measurement against defined key performance indicators. The overall plan should be formally reviewed at the start and end of the winter season – October and April
- Plans to regularly maintain winter vehicles and equipment
- The procurement and maintenance of adequate supplies of clearance equipment, salt and grit bins to last through a harsh winter
- Procedures to communicate to all staff the safe operating procedures