Take precautions this winter

With a number of casualties already reported in December 2013 employers should look to advise their employees on how to keep safe driving in such conditions by planning ahead (check a map and look to use a safer route where possible.)

If you are an employer who has employees that work outdoors, ensure they are wearing a uniform which can withstand extreme conditions and also the correct footwear to avoid trips and slips. Maintain the safety of the site by keeping a stock of gritting material and the suitable equipment required to carry out the gritting process. In some instances, risk assessments may need to be updated.

During periods of extreme weather employers should review the flexibility that their companies provides in regards to working from home. Being an employer with a more flexible approach to working from home can improve productivity and help to avoid accidents.

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