3 Winter Tips to Heat Up Safety and Productivity
BY GRAPHIC PRODUCTS STAFF
Published November 16, 2020, updated January 31, 2022
Safety, compliance, and productivity are on your mind all year, but winter weather gives you new hazards. Concerns like slips and falls (already the top of the OSHA violations list) and equipment performance. These three tips for winterizing your safety plan will help your safety management stay strong all year.
- Build an Action Team
- Follow OSHA standards (and suggestions)
- Check Safety Measures Outside and Inside
- Build an action team. Communication is your biggest resource. Before the next round of winter weather hits, make a list of individuals (complete with backups, and backups for your backups) that includes phone numbers for weather services, vendors you might need to contact, and HR reps who can advise about closures, etc.
- Follow OSHA standards (and suggestions). Are you familiar with OSHA’s winter weather guidelines? OSHA's PPE mandate to provide employees with gear appropriate to work conditions does not extend to standard cold-weather clothing such as coats, hats, and gloves. However, icy cold conditions increase the likelihood of slips and falls on ice and snow. Make sure your employees understand the heightened risk around the facility with signage that encourages care.
- Check Safety Measures Outside and Inside. Are you using materials durable enough for dropping temps? Are the protocols for your facility’s pipes known and documented?
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