These accidents are among the most frequent causes of injury. They occur frequently in wet weather, and especially during winter when residual snow and ice keep floor surfaces wet. Keep floors dry and paths clear. Avoid slipping on wet, icy and slippery walking surfaces. Consider these questions…..
● Has the snow, ice or rainwater removed?
● Do employees wear appropriate footwear for the weather?
● Are highly-polished floors slippery?
● Are there any “wet floor” warning signs?
● Recognize the environmental and workplace conditions that lead to potential cold-induced illnesses and injuries, and train workers how to protect themselves.
● Select proper clothing for cold, wet and windy conditions. Layer clothing to adjust to changing temperatures. Wear a hat and gloves.
● Take frequent short breaks to allow the body to warm up.
● Perform work during the warmest part of the day.
● Use the buddy system (work in pairs).
● Drink warm beverages. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.