Jack Frost is no joke. He is causing safety hazards for your employees all over. Whether it is at work or home winter safety is something you don't want to mess with.
Here are 9 Reasons you won't want to mess with Jack Frost this year.
1. Slips, Trips, and Falls
This is probably the biggest reason. More than 42,000 injuries occured due to snow, sleet or ice and 82% of those were from falls. Make sure you have placed clean and dry mats at all entrances of your warehouse or office. You will also want to share a simple reminder with your employees to dry their feet completely before entering the building.
2. Driving Safety
Winter means scary roads. Your employees are driving to work and may be driving for work. Either way you need to share defensive driving training with your employees so they know how to stay safe while driving in snow and ice.
3. Cold Temperatures
Temps are dropping. You need to make sure your employees understand the dangers of cold stress. It does not have to be freezing to experience cold stress. Share quick reminders with your employees so they keep the cold temperatures top of mind.
4. Wear Proper PPE
Your employees may think the weather isn't that bad or it isn't that cold but it is up to you to equip them with the right winter ppe. People more often than not are wearing gloves and hats that are not approved for safety. This winter send out a reminder with images of the proper safety ppe and what not to wear. Make sure to have a few extra items in house for when people forget to bring their ppe to work with them.
Another reason you don't want to mess with winter safety is related to ending the year right. Often we put things aside because people are stressed about the holidays or they think, "I'll do that at the beginning of the new year. We are too busy right now."
Winter is the perfect time to address and improve your safety programs.
5. Deliver Microburst Learning
Transforming your 3 binder safety program into a microburst learning system does not happen overnight. Pick one topic and start there. Like we mentioned about slips, trips and falls are huge this time of year — this is a great place to start.
6. Include Video
Video is improving employee engagement all over the place. However, you can't just simply use video and expect to see a change at your workplace. When using video make sure to keep your videos short. There isn't a perfect length of video. Your videos should be as short as possible while still saying everything that is needed to be said.
7. Involve Management
There is no better time to have your upper management record a few videos that you can include in your online training. Involving management into your safety program will improve employee engagement and it is simple to get started. Simply record a short video to be viewed before the training to remind employees why the training is important and why management cares that it is done.