Communication of Safeguards for Ice (/Snow) Slips and Falls

It can be vital that everyone knows what hazards are present and what additional safeguards are required. It is also important to ensure feedback from staff about new/ changing hazards. Two-way communication is important.

Consider smart signs that detect and warn of changing conditions, such as low-temperatures

Ensure people know

  • That employees should take care of themselves and others, co-operate and report dangers under the 2005 Act.
  • What weather warnings have been issued
  • What additional precautions they must take, e.g. dynamic risk assessment
  • What areas are off-limits
  • What additional equipment they must use
  • What additional precautions are required to ensure visitors to the site are protected
  • That they must report and take precautions to alleviate, any hazardous conditions seen
  • How hazardous conditions should be reported to management

No access for pedestrians

Signs

The video 8 minutes of people falling over the same patch of ice with two warning cones in place gives an idea of the effectiveness of warning signs.

"Physiotherapist awarded €1m after slip on icy steps" (January 2014) - "Three yellow 'wet floor' caution signs were also placed on one side of the steps"


risk assessment approach to Ice and Snow slips (trips and falls) should consider

  1. Weather
  2. Activities
  3. Locations
  4. Communication
  5. Sample Dynamic Risk Assessment

See Ice, Snow Further Information