As we have for the past several years, we have also worked to help our clients communicate with their employees, tenants, and patrons to heed warning and understand the risks when on property during winter weather. We have placed warning signs on all properties we service and have provided customers with a recommended email to send out with guidelines for individuals to take steps personally to reduce their risk of slipping or injury. Since it is impossible to eliminate all hazard, it is important to encourage all to take personal precaution.
Recommended email to employees, tenant, and patrons:
Subject: Warning, Hazardous Conditions Likely Due to Snow and Ice Predicted!
Snow and/or ice is forecasted beginning tonight and will continue through the weekend. We will work to make every effort to reduce the risk to employees, tenants, and patrons during this and all winter storms. To do this, we contract with a vendor to work to plow and sand parking lots, and shovel and deice sidewalks to reduce the hazardous conditions. However, during winter weather, hazardous conditions are impossible to completely eliminate regardless of our diligence to prevent. Please use extreme caution when entering and exiting the parking lots and use even greater care when moving from your car to the building.
Person Protection Guidelines During Winter Weather and Sub Greezing Temperatures:
- Work from home if possible
- If coming onsite, wear appropriate footwear -- no high heels or smooth-soled shoes.
- Assume all surfaces are slippery, whether in the parking lot or on sidewalks.
- Be aware of changes in walking surfaces. Many falls are caused when people don't realize they're leaving non-slippery surface for slippery ones.
- Focus on your footing. Watch where you walk. Concentrate on getting from point A to point B safely.
- Use handrails on stairways and don't rush.
- Free up you hands. Use a carrying case with a shoulder strap for laptops and files.
- Walk like a penguin. Use short, slow steps.
- Step down off curbs, not out. Landing on your heel first instead of flat footed can cause a fall.
- Use authorized paths. If it's not clear of snow, don't use it . No shortcuts.
- Don't assume what appears to be cleared is slip free. Black ice can form after snow is cleared and be hidden, making it even more dangerous.
- Report unsafe conditions as you see them.
Will we see pictures like below? If so, we will be working all weekend to reduce hazardous conditions on our clients properties.