Nov 14, 2018
Did you know that, in a 2016 study, Gallup found that employee engagement not only contributed to productivity, profitability and happier customers but also a significant reduction in safety incidents? And the number is a staggering 70% fewer safety incidents which is nothing to scoff at, leaving our top advice to prepare your business for winter safety to be engaging your employees (e.g. have a plan and practice it just as you would for fire safety)! See a few more tips below.
- Clear all outdoor walkways, stairways and other accessible areas of snow and ice as-it-happens - keeping things clear will not only reduce outdoor accidents but will help reduce how much accident-causing snow and ice are brought indoors.
- Remove snow and icicles from the roof - heavy snow can causes roofs to cave and icicles can fall at just the wrong time, potentially harming passersby.
- Have an indoor, slide-proof mat at every entrance; ideally, all mats will be long enough for three to six steps before stepping onto the bare floor.
- Treating sidewalks and parking lots differently could mean more accidents if left unaddressed - plow vs. shovel, rock salt vs. salt substitutes, etc. - so educate all staff on your process for both and how they should treat each differently.
- Ensure employees are acutely aware of every step they take in the winter months and encourage them to have their hands free in case of a fall. When it is necessary to carry something, ensure they avoid carrying heavy loads.
- Mark all hazardous areas using signs, cones, barricades or floor stands.
- Encourage a change of footwear when entering and leaving the office-heavy treads for increased traction - and take small steps. Use grassy areas if a walkway is covered in ice.
- Monitored security cameras can also serve as protection for your employees in case a serious fall happens when no one else is around.
While it may sound oversimplified, creating awareness and planting friendly reminders tend to positively impact employee safety. With large workloads plus stresses at home, they aren’t always thinking about ancillary things such as winter safety measures. That is where you come in to keep employee safety top-of-mind, as well as for your own protection.