Every season brings a different set of potential safety hazards to be aware of. Being aware of potential hazards and learning what precautions to take will help minimize the effects of seasonal safety concerns. Winter can be a challenge when working.
- Use your winter PPE when on your job site if you have to work outside or are in fluctuating temperature conditions.
- Follow your company HHSE policies and ask questions if you are not sure about something.
- Dress for the weather:
- Dress in layers to help regulate body temperature.
- Keep your head, ears and hands covered to avoid frostbite.
- Winter driving can be challenging as weather and road conditions can change quickly. Be sure to slow down, turn on your headlights, make sure there is plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you and have an emergency kit in your vehicle. Weather and road conditions can change very quickly in winter especially in Alberta and Western Canada. Follow these safety precautions to keep yourself safe this winter.
- Slow down. Speed limits posted on the highways and on municipal roads are for ideal driving conditions, which are considered to be sunny summer days.
- Look ahead. Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Remember to look far ahead as you drive so you can recognize hazards and have plenty of time to respond.
- See and be seen. Turning your headlights on helps with visibility during the dark winter months and during inclement weather. It also helps other drivers see you.
- Get ready. Prepare your vehicle for the tough winter months. Check and make sure that your battery, ignition system, lights, brakes, heating and cooling system and windshield wipers are all in working order.
- Watch the weather. Check the weather before you leave your home. If conditions are bad the safest strategy is to avoid driving. If you must travel give yourself extra time and drive to the conditions.
- Prepare yourself and your vehicle. Always be prepared for winter driving. Wear warm clothes, have a fully charged cell phone with you and equip your vehicle with a winter survival kit.
- Maintain visibility. Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors and the roof to help other drivers see you on the road and to assist with your own visibility while driving. After starting your vehicle, wait for the fog to clear from the interior windows before driving so you will have full visibility.
- Keep your gas tank full enough. The road conditions and weather can change very quickly so make sure you have fuel if the road gets blocked or you need to idle on the side of the road for a while.
- Watch for wildlife. Animals on the road are always something to watch out for but in the winter your lighting conditions change so be extra careful where you know wildlife may be.