Winter is again upon us and thanks to good old Iceland (harbingers of the original banking collapse and the volcanic ash clouds); forecasters are predicting a severe cold snap from the north that will send temperatures plummeting to ...Read more
By nathan 13 November 2012
By John 24 January 2012
This year, most of the UK has not yet seen the harsh weather conditions witnessed over the last two years. However, it is not yet February and it is not uncommon for hazardous conditions to strike over the coming months.
When a cold snap takes hold, snow and ice can make working conditions hazardous for those who have to work in an outdoor environment. And if not dealt with hazards such as snow and ice can cause serious problems for the workforce.
All employees should be provided with a safe environment in which to work, but ice and snow can compromise this safety...Read more
By Dean 19 January 2012
Many sites now realise the importance to being prepared if a spill of a hazardous waste product were to occur. But when the weather gets colder and conditions turn icy, new challenges concerning effective spill containment and control have to be met.
When the winter is at its worst, freezing temperatures can cause hazardous conditions at untreated areas, such as loading bays or outside storage bays. This can have a detrimental effect on health and safety at site, so in many instances extra maintenance measures will have to be put into place so that employees and equipment stay ...Read more
By Dean 26 December 2011
Many people have to work outside, even during inclement weather. However, when the weather is icy and snowy, working outside can be extremely dangerous. When the ground is covered with a layer of snow or ice workers need to make sure they stay safe, and the best way an industrial site can make provision for this, is by using de-icing products, such as rock salt spreaders and de-icing equipment.
Most industrial sites have an on-site supply of rock salt which they can use on outside areas, such as around loading bays, when the weather is icy. Most firms simply shovel the rock sal...Read more
By John 31 October 2011
Itâs that time of year when the weather turns and we have to dig out our winter coats from the back of the wardrobe. Some of us might have even seen a light frost on our cars or even a sprinkling of snow on the top of the hills.
The last two years have seen unprecedented levels of snow and ice, which has brought many parts of the UK to a standstill. This brought about countless operational problems for businesses across the UK who needed to make sure they complied with current health and safety regulations.
Considering these issues, now might be the time to think...Read more
By Dean 23 December 2010
Very few of us have managed to escape the ice and snow this winter, and if weather reports are to be believed, we could be looking at a very long and very harsh winter.
Although none of us have any control over climatic conditions, the consequences and disruption caused can be reduced by ensuring that youâre prepared.
Last winter, scores of individuals and businesses alike found themselves completely unprepared for the onslaught of snow, and in many areas, rock salt was in very short supply. However, this year rock salt suppliers are prepared for whatever the wea...Read more
By Dean 17 December 2010
Unfortunately, it appears as though we are in for a very cold, long winter, and most parts of the UK have already had the misfortune of having to try and battle through these treacherous conditions.
When snow and ice strike, commuting to the workplace can be an extremely hazardous task, and if you work in an outdoor environment, these hazards can be present throughout the duration of the working day.
By law, you are required to ensure that your employees are provided with a safe environment in which to work. However, snow and ice can compromise safety, and for this...Read more
By Dean 8 December 2010
Working in freezing conditions can be extremely hazardous, especially when the ground is covered in a layer of snow and ice. Most industrial sites have external storage bays or goods inward bays where trucks or vans can enter the site through a roller shutter door so they can deliver high cost or sensitive items.
Working in and around these areas needs to be done safely, but if there is a hazard such as snow or ice just outside the loading bay, it can make moving vehicles between these areas extremely difficult.
Most industrial sites now have a stock of rock salt...Read more
By Will 4 December 2010
As you may have noticed at the end of November, weather conditions are starting to go the same way as last year in terms of unprecedented levels of ice, sleet and snow.
This winterâs freezing temperatures are virtually guaranteed to create operational problems for most businesses, especially firms dealing with hazardous materials or those where health and safety issues are paramount.
With these issues in mind, it is crucial that site managers take steps to prepare for the upcoming winter weather. As shown by last yearâs weather - predicted by the Met Office...Read more
By Dean 30 November 2010
At sites where potentially hazardous or toxic material is stored or handled, safety precautions are always necessary, all year round. However, even if your site is fully prepared with emergency spill kits, safety signs and personal protective equipment, you are likely to encounter new challenges when winter comes around.
The winter season is already upon us, bringing freezing temperatures, ice and snow. This can play havoc with health and safety at your site, so to protect employees and equipment, extra site maintenance measures may be needed.
Luckily, after dang...Read more