After we received heavy amounts of snow in some parts of London last week, I thought that I would put together a little guide on how you, as an employer, can winter-proof your workspace.
Here are just 5 precautions you should take, as an employer, to ensure that you avoid any work accident claims from a slip or fall and keep your staff safe:
1. Make use of wet floor signs
Wet floor signs are essential on a snow, ice or rain day. The snow that gets dragged in from the bottom of a shoe can quickly melt and cause puddles on the floor, which could lead to a nasty slip.
If a wet floor sign is used near the wet spots, staff are more likely to be a little warier and take a little more care when having to walk over the floor.
2. Set the temperature
There are no employee rights on how hot or cold the office should be. Although the ball is in your court, you should ensure that everyone is warm enough, rather than just yourself.
Ensuring that the workspace is the right temperature will certainly improve productivity and improve the mood of the office.
3. Dedicate one entrance
If your office has more than one frequently used entrance, then lock the rest and just keep one open on an icy day.
This will mean that you’ll only have to clear the ice and leaves from one doorway, rather than 2 or 3. Make it obvious which entrance is the one in use by putting up signs and arrows across the unused entrances.
4. Provide the correct equipment
If your staff are required to wear a t-shirt and jeans every day as part of their uniform, then it may be a good idea to invest in some company fleeces to ensure that your staff aren’t cold throughout the working day.
It is important to ensure that your staff are as comfortable as possible throughout the day. If you don’t want to splash out on an entire uniform for winter, then perhaps suggest to your employees that they are able to wear their own overlayers in brand colours throughout the day.
5. Offer remote working
Rather than putting your staff at risk, if it is possible in your sector or organisation, then offer your employees work from home days.
This will put the long commuters at ease as they won’t have to travel on icy roads, and it will avoid any accidents taking place in your workspace.