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Winter Safety

This page provides you with information and links to useful guidance in relation to winter safety. There will be many enjoyable events occurring, including the festive period of course, during the winter months, however, issues such as inclement weather may present a risk to your health & safety. It is important to stay safe and keep up-to-date with the latest information available which can be found below.

Slips, trips & falls

Slips, trips and falls incidents are a common occurrence during the winter months, further information can be found . Below are some points to help minimise the risk;

Staff are reminded to be vigilant when walking between buildings, in car parks, or whilst out in the community during winter months - report any defects to grounds / lighting to estates (NHS premises) or to the local authority (community) and make colleagues aware. 

During periods of adverse weather staff should only undertake essential community visits / movements between sites.

It is also important that staff wear suitable footwear for the tasks they undertake and the prevailing the weather conditions. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) can be worn when required, information can be found here.

Facilities management or caretaker staff will grit / maintain external areas of NHS premises. It is important to ensure each premises has a plan in place for this. Further advice for community based services / sites is available here.

A slips, trips & falls risk assessment should be in place for our community based services and premises, examples are provided - here (available only to those logged on to NHSGGC).

Driving in Winter

Driving conditions will be more of a challenge during the winter months due to low temperatures (ice /snow), rain and wet road surfaces, reduced visibility due to fog and more hours of darkness - particularly during 'rush hour'. The following links below provide guidance on driving in winter;

 RoSPA - Winter Safety         /          Police Scotland - Winter Driving                               

If you are a manager and your staff group are expected to drive to premises (e.g. patient's homes, other sites etc.) away from their base on a regular basis then it is your responsibility to ensure this is taken into consideration during the risk assessment process for lone working / domiciliary visits. Information, guidance and example risk assessments for our community based services and premises can be found here (available only to those logged on to NHSGGC).  

It is also important to keep up-to-date with travel information and the weather forecast. The use of the radio and social media such as twitter will help with this, below are links to useful websites as well;

 Met Office - Weather          BBC - Weather        

 Traffic Scotland                 BBC - Travel            Travelline Scotland      

 

 Further Information