Increased health and safety risks due to adverse weather conditions

22 October, 2013
Pat Perry

Next week the clocks will go back, we're already experiencing colder weather and shelves in shops seem to be filled with Christmas gifts.

It won't be long before the menus are being passed around the office asking you to choose your food for the Christmas party, if they aren't already... if only health and safety issues were tackled with such Gusto...

So my suggestion would be to grasp the nettle and set about a risk assessment programme for your business and staff - now.

Adverse weather and darker nights are a huge factor in health and safety and must be given due consideration.

I think we all quietly dread that first day of travelling into work in the dark and also back home in the dark - though for many of us that's not necessarily a seasonal issue. But with the clocks going back, the working environment for you, your staff and customers will change. So check your lighting, look for slip and trip hazards and get prepared for early sunsets. Of course, there's also the added complication of icy pavements / retail entrances, wet floors, snow brought in-store from boots; all present a danger and risk to employees and consumers.

These are just a few examples of issues you need to be thinking about, there are of course many more. In summary, take the opportunity now to look at the trading conditions you face now and those you'll face in the run-up to and during the festive period and don't be caught out due to poor preparation.

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