With Christmas fast approaching, at this time of the year our thoughts understandably turn to the joys and delights that the season brings. Our minds are preoccupied with Christmas gift ideas, festive travel plans and everything else – which means that we aren’t always paying full attention while we are working.
Unfortunately, while working at height or with specialist equipment, you can never afford to let safety slip your mind. Preoccupied minds are a recipe for accidents, and the last thing you want is to spend your Christmas celebrating from a hospital bed!
It is time to get organised and ensure that your workforce stays safe this season. After all, in the workplace environment we are all responsible for each other’s safety, not just our own safety, so ensure that your operatives are working together as a team to look out for each other and be certain that everyone heads home for Christmas completely accident-free.
At this time of year, working at height can be particularly dangerous, especially if your team are working outdoors. This means that it is necessary to ensure everyone is taking extra care, which is always a good habit to get into anyway, but it is especially important during the winter. Winter weather can be hazardous for those working at height, so it is vital to be prepared.
Combat the dull, dreary winter days with the correct training and equipment. Remember that there is less light at this time of year, so it is important to make sure that the area your operatives are working in is well lit at all times. Gloominess can severely impact working conditions and make visibility a real issue.
Adverse winter weather can make even the simplest tasks become treacherous, with unstable seasonal weather conditions causing a significant increase in the reported number of slip, trip and fall injuries. To that end, it is vital to stay ahead of the weather by carrying out regular health and safety risk assessments and keeping up to date with the latest forecasts at all times. It is also a good idea to use salt or grit to ensure walkways and working environments are free from the dangers of ice.
As the temperature drops, your employees are likely to feel the cold more, especially if they are working outdoors or in a warehouse. It is therefore highly important to make sure that they are wearing warm clothes and the correct PPE at all times. Snug, waterproof clothing is absolutely essential at this time of year to ensure the comfort of your operatives.
PASMA and IPAF training
Any members of your workforce who work at height must have previously completed the correct training for the task at hand, and the training must be renewed every few years. Subsequently, it is your responsibility to arrange this training for your staff.
We provide full IPAF training and PASMA training to locations across the North-East, including Newcastle and Tyne and Wear. For more information about the training and renewal courses that we can offer you, please get in touch.