Whether you're commuting to the office, maneuvering through the snow-covered landscapes, safeguarding your steps against slippery surfaces, or adopting a penguin-inspired walk in icy conditions, our winter safety measures are designed to keep you secure at every turn. Let's embrace the season responsibly and make this winter a safe and warm one for everyone.
- Make certain that your footwear has adequate treads to prevent slips and falls on wet and/or icy surfaces. If you need different shoes for your workspace (office, etc.) please consider bringing in an extra pair of shoes each day or leaving a pair in your workspace/locker.
- Use three points of contact when entering/exiting vehicles and using stairs/steps. This means two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot.
- If possible, avoid walking in areas with ice or snow accumulation.
- If areas of ice and snow cannot be avoided, walk like a penguin and take small steps to assist with balance!
- Drive with caution - leave extra space, anticipate others will make mistakes, and reduce your speed.
- Make sure walkways and work areas are clear of snow, ice, and water. Notify the appropriate personnel of areas needing treatment or take care of it yourself to protect others. Use the See Say app to report hazards!
- Dress in layers; Layering clothing is the most effective method to stay warm. If getting wet during work hours is a possibility, ensure you have spare clothing available.
- Choose gloves that match your specific job requirements, striking a balance between warmth and dexterity. They should offer enough insulation to ward off cold and frostbite, yet remain thin enough to maintain your sense of touch when handling controls or tools.
- Report any personal incidences to your supervisor immediately i.e., falls and muscle strains.
- Stay safe and stay warm!
Winter Emergency Car Kit
Winter Emergency Car Kit Preparedness: Be Safe and Be Prepared
Winter weather can be unpredictable, and being stranded in your car during a snowstorm or icy conditions is a situation nobody wants to find themselves in. To ensure your safety and well-being during the colder months, it's crucial to have a well-equipped winter emergency car kit on hand.
Essential Items for Your Winter Emergency Car Kit:
- Extra Clothes:
- Including rain gear, boots, mittens, and socks.
- Be prepared for any minor injuries or health concerns.
- Ensure visibility during frosty conditions.
- Keep a list of emergency contacts handy.
- Stay warm in case you need to wait for assistance.
- Dried fruit, nuts, granola/protein bars, and canned food provide essential energy.
- Hydration is key, even in cold weather.
- A compact shovel can help you dig out of snow.
- Illuminate your surroundings in the dark.
- Stay connected and ensure your phone doesn't run out of battery.
- Jump-start your vehicle in case of a dead battery.
- Ensure you have an ample supply of any required medications.
- For opening canned food if needed.
- Use as a flag for visibility.
- Attract attention in case of an emergency.
- Record important information or leave notes if necessary.
- A versatile tool for various situations.
- Provide traction if your vehicle gets stuck.
- Pliers, wrench, screwdriver – for minor repairs.
- Even in the age of GPS, a physical map can be a lifesaver.
- In case you need assistance getting unstuck.
- Alert other drivers to your presence.
Reflective Arm Bands
As we embrace the changing seasons, it is important to prioritize our safety and mental/physical well-being. The lower temperatures and shorter days should not deter daily walks or outdoor activities that promote a safe and healthy lifestyle.
It is important for us to remember to get outside and get a bit of exercise each day. Just a walk every day can have the following benefits:
- Maintain a healthy weight and lose body fat.
- Prevent or manage various conditions including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
- Improve cardiovascular fitness.
- Strengthen your bones and muscles.
- Improve muscle endurance.
- Increase energy levels.
- Improve your mood, cognition, memory, and sleep.
- Improve your balance and coordination.
- Strengthen your immune system.
- Reduce stress and tension.
Your arm/leg band can be worn to help drivers and others see you and keep you safe as you walk in the early morning or evening. If you have not received an HSEQ provided reflective arm band, please contact the Safety Quality Assurance Coordinator, Allison Lenda, to get yours.