Every month we’re going to bring you articles that will make us all more aware of health and safety procedures here at Euro Garages. We’ll concentrate on specific topics every month, to refresh your memory and make sure we’re all doing what we need to do to keep ourselves, our colleagues and our customers safe.
Our November Focus is Winter Weather Awareness!
Ensure that you’re prepared!
Keep checking the weather report for your area -be aware of what weather is coming for your site.
Make sure you have sufficient rock salt for ice and frost conditions.
If frost or snow is expected overnight, ensure that enough staff are available in the morning to make the site safe for customers.
Spread the salt on the forecourt, prior to the expected frost, the night before, just in case. Especially in fuel and delivery areas.
Be careful of your own footing when completing tasks on icy paths, car parks and forecourts.
Grit all customer areas that require it.
Know where your stop tap is for burst water pipes – write it on your escalation charts.
Grit tank lids – they are extremely slippy in wet/frosty conditions.
In case of high winds, move those wind masters where they can’t hit people or cars.
Weigh your bins down with something heavy – bricks or sand.
Car washes are extremely dangerous in frosty conditions. Be careful if accessing or allowing customers to use them.
Jet washes should not be used in frozen conditions – the £3 loss of sale is nothing compared to the damage that could be caused.
Get leaking taps fixed – they create ice rinks!
Make sure you have a torch for emergencies.
Make sure you have a shovel for clearing paths.
Hi-Vis vest for clearing snow or spreading rock salt on the forecourt and car park areas.
Suitable outdoor gloves for staff clearing snow or spreading salt.
Make sure staff members have suitable footwear in snow/icy conditions.
It’s important that we take pre-emptive measures to keep ourselves, our colleagues and our customers safe. If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your area manager at your earliest opportunity.