Chat with us, powered by LiveChat
Courses Available Online, Virtually and Classroom
Fully Certified NEBOSH, IOSH, IEMA Accredited
7-Day Customer Service
David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS

Advice for Extreme Winter Weather

Read Advice for Extreme Winter Weather: winter risk management policy and treacherous weather factors to consider.

November 2015

Are you ready to manage the adverse weather conditions in the UK? Is your organisation prepared? At this stage most people would say, “isn’t dealing with cold weather just common sense?” and as the author of this work I would have a tendency to agree with you. However, I would also ask, “Where do I get my common sense from?” Your common sense is developed from childhood by your parents/responsible adults in your life and is developed through interactions with others and I hope we can all agree that our version of ‘common sense’ changes over the years due to our experiences; in fact we are all the sum of our experiences.


Significant numbers of accidents occur during adverse weather. The Hospital Episode Statistics for England show there were 7,031 admissions to hospital in 2012/13 as a result of people falling over on snow or ice some of which could have been prevented with a little preparation and forethought.

Beware of Treacherous Weather Conditions

The HSE’s latest statistics highlighted that there are 50% more trips and falls during the darker winter months with shorter daylight hours and harsh weather conditions as big contributing factors. This can lead to you and colleagues taking time off work, so potentially reduced working hours and more work to catch up on when you return to work. Slipping on ice is one of the biggest causes of accidents and could even lead to litigation.

Workplace Winter Weather Factors

If are responsible for health & safety in your company ensure you have a winter risk management policy in place and the following factors have been covered:

  • Ensure the workplace areas are well lit inside and outside.
  • Ensure all pathways are cleared of leaves and are slip resistant.
  • When frost, ice and snow occur ensure you have a procedure in place to stop icy surfaces forming and/or keep pedestrians off the slippery surface.
  • Grit can be used, with effective signage and warning cones. For more detailed information read the HSE’s guide.

In order that you as an individual and an employee are well prepared for extreme weather, consider the following factors:

Policy: are you aware of the contents of your company’s Winter Risk Management Policy? Ensure you know all its details and you follow the guidance.

Contacts: make sure you have a list of people in your phone or in a diary for example, so that you can let the relevant people know you are not coming in or are running late.

Parking: consider where you will be parking and manage the risk accordingly; remember some side street may not be gritted.

Clothing and Footwear: consider the weather forecast before you travel. If you have a car you can keep useful items such as warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch and spade in it. However, if you are using public transport consider what clothing and footwear you may need for a return journey if the weather turns.

Travelling: ensure your mobile is charged; you may wish to consider a small portable battery charger as a backup. Check you have enough fuel in your vehicle especially if you may get stuck on a road far from home. Ideally inform someone of your travel arrangements so if anything goes wrong, help should be able to get to you quicker.

These are just some basic common sense approaches to adverse winter weather when you are out and about. Be aware that adverse weather increases the risks so be ready to manage it with knowledge and forethought. Reduce your winter weather risks!

If you would like more information or advice on managing health and safety in your workplace, please visit our Workplace Training section by clicking below!

Related Blogs

  • An Introduction To Everything You Need To Know About Sustainability Image
    Toby Howell BA PGDip

    An Introduction To Everything You Need To Know About Sustainability

    We hear about sustainability all the time, let's take a step back and remind ourselves why it is so important. 
    25.05.22
  • What is Net Zero and How Do We Get There? Image
    Steve Terry

    What is Net Zero and How Do We Get There?

    Uncover the importance of Net Zero and discover how each us can achieve their own version of Net Zero. Find out this and more in the latest blog by Astutis Managing Director, Steve Terry.
    17.05.22
  • Discussing a strategic approach to the climate crisis: An introduction to the revolutionary IEMA Pathways to Net Zero Image
    Steve Terry

    Discussing a strategic approach to the climate crisis: An introduction to the revolutionary IEMA Pathways to Net Zero

    Discover how a decarbonisation plan could radically improve the environmental impact of your business with the IEMA Pathways to Net Zero course. 
    09.05.22
  • The Astutis Guide to Environmental Management Jobs  Image
    Toby Howell BA PGDip

    The Astutis Guide to Environmental Management Jobs

    Curious about the career prosects in the environmental management sector? This blog will identify three amazing jobs that could be ideal for you!
    25.04.22
  • Earth Day: The Most Important Day of 2022 Image
    Cole Vyas

    Earth Day: The Most Important Day of 2022

    Discover the history and importance of Earth Day 2022!
    20.04.22
  • What is the IEMA Certificate for Environmental Management? Image
    Toby Howell BA PGDip

    What is the IEMA Certificate for Environmental Management?

    Uncover everything you need to know regarding the IEMA Certificate in Environmental Management. Explore course topics, benefits of studying the course and course difficulty level in Astutis' blog here.
    11.04.22
Section Curve
Case Studies

Real Life Stories

Find out how learners look back on their training with Astutis. Our case studies give our learners, both individual and corporate, a platform to share their Astutis experience. Discover how training with Astutis has helped past learners and delegates make the world a safer place, one course at a time.
More Image
Bottom Curve
What People Say

Hear What Our Learners Have To Say

We're always there for our customers. 98% of our learners rated their overall experience as good or outstanding. We will always pride ourselves on our customer service. But don’t take our word for it, here is what our customers have to say
  • "The course was informative and well presented with plenty of interactive opportunity rather than just a power point presentaation with the tutor reading the pages to you like some training providers."

    Alan
    26.05.2022
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the day."

    Alan
    26.05.2022
  • "Service within the speed of sound. Very helpful and recommend what is necessary. Knowledge is key. Treating you with the greatest respect and make you feel part of the family. I will recommend anyone, anytime"

    Pearl Fiona
    18.05.2022
  • "Very informative and tons of information available. Assisting when needed and value for the price. Loved the videos as you can relate it to your own workplace. What you learn, you can make the difference in your own workplace"

    Pearl Fiona
    18.05.2022
  • "Excellent service, very helpful weather it be via email or on the website chats, quick response!"

    18.05.2022
  • "The contents in the course is very detailed and knowledgeable, links to videos for more understanding per section is of great value especially for distance learning."

    18.05.2022
  • "Yes, definitely, and I will propose to other friends or colleagues who ever want or have this similar training service!"

    xie
    12.05.2022
  • "Nice and wonderful, best practice and choice"

    xie
    12.05.2022
  • "Service is very professional, quick response to queries at any time... Always here to help.. I see a good coordination between the team. Thanks. Keep it up"

    Jean Francois Stephan
    12.05.2022
  • "Course is well désigned and vert user friendly."

    Jean Francois Stephan
    12.05.2022