Winter Workplace Safety

Winter Workplace Safety

Winter in Michigan nearly always means snow, ice and plenty of slick floors and surfaces. With slip and fall accidents nearly topping the top 10 workplace injuries, making sure you’re taking steps for safety can help make the winter months go by without a hitch. 

  • Keep employees from work-related driving on public roads during snow and ice storms: Limit all non-essential employee driving during inclement weather. This will keep your employees safe and reduce the risk of automobile accidents which result in some of the largest workers’ compensation and customer liability claims dealerships face. Delaying dealer trades, parts deliveries and test drives if at all possible during bad weather is the right decision for your employees and your customers.
  • Use preventative measures: Have salt available to help prevent ice buildup as well as to clear snow. Also have shovels near entrances and exits. Even if a service comes to your facility, be prepared for additional snowfall at all times. 
  • Keep Walkways, Entrances, and Exits Dry: Traffic in and out of a building during winter months can make walkways messy. Keep all entrances and walkways well lit and include signs that warn employees and visitors the area may be slippery. Avoid slip and falls by placing mats at all doors. 
  • Dress Appropriately: Remind all employees to wear appropriate footwear such as boots or other non-slip shoes to prevent falls. 
  • Keep First Aid Onsite: Hypothermia and frostbite are two types of cold stress that can occur very quickly. It is important that you know the signs and symptoms and have treatment resources available on sight until an employee can be seen by a medical professional. For additional ways to treat frostbite, hypothermia, cold stress, and other conditions likely to occur in winter, please see visit the following link here.