This year, Britain could be facing the most savage winter in more than 50 years. In the past, businesses have been taken by surprise, with many paying a high price.
Is your business ready for winter? If you’re not sure, we have made a list of the five key things to prepare, so you can avoid the biggest winter risks.
So what steps can you take to winter proof your business?
1 – Be prepared
Stock up on salt, shovels, spreaders and grit bins. A few years ago 14% of the UK workforce were unable to make it into work due to the snow. Grit supplies ran low with many failing to make adequate preparations. Be aware of your requirements. White salt is a quick, easy and clean de-icing method with no leftover residues making it perfect for commercial requirements. Brown salt is non purified, making it a more economical alternative for gritting large spaces such as car parks or entrance roads. Make sure your business plans ahead and buys now while stock is available.
2 – Invest in the tools and equipment to protect your business
Accidents caused by slips and trips increase massively in bad winter weather. Hospitals and Accident & Emergency units are flooded with unfortunate and often avoidable injuries caused by snow and ice. Take steps to protect your employees and customers by clearing roads and pathways and use entrance mats and warning signs as an interior solution.
3 – Invest in contingency plans for your key personnel
Research indicates that only 39% of FTSE 100 companies have the capability for employees to work from home. Ensure your staff have access to the tools they need to work from home where required.
4 – Be aware of your duty of care
Workplace laws mean you have a duty of care towards your employees. Ensure you have the correct first aid products in place for both on site and off site employees and any customers on site. Using basic interior products (such as entrance mats) and the correct signage (in particular wet floor signage) will not only protect your employees but also protect you from claim incidents.
5 – Protect your logistics
If your supply chain is vital to your business ensure that your fleet of vehicles is equipped with the tools it needs. Winter tyres or traction kits are now readily available. Keep torches, batteries, boots, shovels, salt, blankets and emergency rations available. Vehicle size first aid kits are recommended for employees with company vehicles.
If you are looking for further help and advice on protecting your business this winter then contact our WorkplaceTeam today.