Smart Benefits: Reduce Winter Weather Workplace Risks
Monday, December 10, 2018
- Slips on Snow and Ice: To prevent slips and falls, be sure to clear snow and ice from walking surfaces and use a deicer. When workers must walk on surfaces covered with snow or ice, instruct them to wear footwear with good traction and plenty of insulation. And suggest they take small steps and walk slowly.
- Falls from Rooftops During Snow Removal: If employees need to access the roof to remove snow, be sure it is structurally safe beforehand to avoid the risk of collapse. And make sure they’re aware of any hazards on the roof that they may be exposed to like downed power lines. Lastly, equip all employees with personal protective gear for the job and make sure they understand how to use it.
- Winter Driving: Promote safety on the roads by alerting workers to the dangers of winter weather driving and training them to drive properly for the conditions. Also be sure to train employees to inspect the brakes, electrical system, tires and visibility systems before driving. And provide an emergency kit in all work vehicles.
- Shoveling: Shoveling can be a very strenuous activity that can result in exhaustion, injuries or even heart attacks. Remind employees to warm up first and take frequent breaks. And suggest they lift only small amounts at a time with proper technique, or better yet, push the snow instead of lifting it.
- Using Snow Blowers: Equipment like snow blowers should be grounded to prevent shock or electrocution. To prevent cuts or other injuries, teach employees to turn off a blower and disconnect it from its power source before attempting to clean or repair it, and to never put their hands or feet near moving parts. Another precaution workers can take is to only add fuel before the machine is started rather than when it is running.
- Smart Benefits: The Cost of Noncompliance With Workplace Laws
- Smart Benefits: Proposed Rule to Alleviate Reporting Burden on Large Businesses
- Smart Benefits: 5 Steps to Open Enrollment Success
- Smart Benefits: With Stress Piling On, Employers Can Help Workers with Financial Wellness
- Smart Benefits: Summary Annual Reports Due Sept. 30
- Smart Benefits: IRS Answers Questions About Paid Family & Medical Leave Credit
- Smart Benefits: ACA Update - Continue to Comply
- Smart Benefits: When It Comes to Unpaid Summer Interns, Beware FLSA Rules
- Smart Benefits: Form 5500 Due July 31
- Smart Benefits: Help Employees Understand Benefits in Three Steps
- Smart Benefits: Should You Surcharge?
- Smart Benefits: 2019 Commercial Health Insurance Rates Approved
- Smart Benefits: Faith-Based Healthcare Sharing: an Option to Insurance?
- Smart Benefits: With Holidays Underway, Keep Mental Health Top of Mind
- Smart Benefits: 5 Ways to Boost Flu Shots Among Employees
- Smart Benefits: Certain Wellness Program Incentive Limits Eliminated Jan 1
- Smart Benefits: How to Answer Employees’ Call for Personalized Benefits
- Smart Benefits: New Retirement Plan Limits Set for 2019
- Smart Benefits: Help Employees Maximize the Benefits of HSAs
- Smart Benefits: The Role of Analytics in Employee Benefits
- Smart Benefits: 4 Things to Know About Inclement Weather & Closing Policies
- Smart Benefits: Could 401(k)s be the Answer to Student Debt Repayment Benefits?