The last few weeks has seen the UK covered in snow, the roads, rails and skies brought to a standstill and severe weather warnings issued across various media channels. At times like this, when the harsh winter sets in, it is important that people take the necessary precautions to insure they are safe and warm.
In the workplace, it is also imperative that employers insure that their workforce is well looked after and in no way at risk. Individuals do need to take it upon themselves to insure their own safety to a certain degree; however, companies also have a responsibility to their employees. Brookes provides an extensive range of work wear that can help keep your workforce looking professional as well as keeping them safe at all times no matter what the environment.
In icy conditions, the first step to preventing unnecessary accidents is to make sure that all employees have the correct work wear. Footwear is incredibly important. It is vital that workers’ feet are kept warm and dry in bitterly cold and wet conditions. It is also important that shoes and boots have proper grip to prevent anyone slipping on the ice.
Gloves are also crucial for anyone working outdoors in a cold environment. Gloves are not only useful for protecting hands from the cold but also, depending on the work being done, for protecting the hands from sparks or corrosive chemicals.
Helmets are a vital piece of kit on any worksite. In the winter months when it may well be darker, wetter and colder during working hours, the risk of accidents happening naturally increases and so, in line with the well known adage, safety first.
In winter months when people are more likely to be working outside after dark the importance of High Vis clothing is paramount, particularly for those working on roads. Night time makes it harder for people to be seen and it is especially hard to see people when there is bad weather too.