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60 Days: The Countdown Begins

9/20/16 6:15 AM

Frozen clockIt may still be warm, but you know as well as we do, winter is right around the corner. And for safety professionals who care about their company’s safety record, the next 60 days are critical to your employees’ safety.

If you plan on buying ice cleats or other winter traction aids for your employees to prevent slips and falls on ice and snow, ask yourself:

  • What is your priority when choosing ice cleats: Price, durability, easy on/off, safe for indoor use, safe for driving, or some other feature entirely?

  • Are you buying ice cleats for all employees, or for specific employees and departments only?

  • How much of a concern are icy parking lots?

  • Whose budget is paying for this expenditure?

Once you choose ice cleats or traction safety footwear, you need to plan ahead so you can get them on your employees’ feet long before that first early winter storm. Consider the following:

  • What’s the product’s delivery lead time? It can range from just days to several months depending on your supplier.

  • After you receive your ice cleats, they still have to be distributed to employees. Allow time for size exchanges, if needed.

  • How are you going to train your employees on how to use this ice cleat properly?

Just remember, answering these questions in “Fall” will help you better prepare for this winter and, in turn, keep your workplace safer by reducing winter slips and falls.


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Bill Coyne is the VP of Sales for Winter Walking.  He has been helping organizations across a wide variety of business sectors eliminate workplace slips and falls incidents in ice and snow for over 16 years.  Email Bill bill@winterwalking.com or visit www.winterwalking.com for additional helpful information and resources.

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