26 October 2021

Ice Watch investigates Duty of Care Regulations

At Ice Watch we have a great understanding of the risks your business might face during the winter season, several of which are covered in various regulations and the duty of care. Many companies face the same issue during winter including keeping up with the safety of their site and maintaining a hazard-free experience for their visitors or customers.

Without the right preventative measures in place, slips and falls on icy pathways and roads are inevitable. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999, states that it is the employers or business owners duty to fulfil and help prevent such accidents. Regulation 12 in the workplace regulations of 1992 requires employers to ensure so far as is reasonably practical, that floor surfaces shall be kept free from obstructions and from any article or substance which may cause a person to slip, trip or fall.

road in the ice in winter
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There are also risks of dropping temperature; according to the Health and Safety Regulations, 1992, the temperatures inside the workplace have to be reasonable, meaning they have to be adequate to the active duties and should not affect the employee in fulfilling them correctly. For example, an office space should have a temperature no lower than 16 degrees Celcius. This regulation, however, does not affect working outdoors, but in these situations, the employer is required to provide warm outdoor clothing and warm break areas.

The best solution to providing a good duty of care and following the regulations is for the premises owner to reduce the risk of slips and falls by resourcing a proactive winter maintenance service provider. A well-established winter service provider will align its products to follow the site requirements while keeping the safety of staff and visitors in mind. At Ice Watch, we offer bespoke gritting services as well as grit bins installation for our clients, ensuring that no matter the weather, we are able to take quick action to ensure the safety of your site.

Our full range of services helps companies and businesses across the UK to stay protected with no interference from the weather conditions while adhering to all correct health and safety regulations. Find out more solutions to the risks you might face this winter in our recent blog.

Contact our team here to find out more about our services or book your free, no-obligation site risk assessment.