Winter Wellbeing for Employees

Working in winter presents a risk to health and safety, due to extreme weather conditions that cause reduced visibility, poor travel conditions and unstable environments. These conditions can increase many of the standard risks associated with working alone.

Slips, trips and falls

37% of non-fatal injuries are caused by slips, trips and falls.

  • Mark major walkways with warning signs or cones
  • Treat snowy or icy surfaces with rock salt
  • Encourage appropriate footwear with good traction and grip

Poor visibility

163 employees are struck by a moving vehicle every year.

  • Provide employees with hi-vis clothing in low lit environments
  • Invest in fixed/portable lighting in high-risk areas


-35 degrees Celsius is a harmful body temperature

  • Dress appropriately (e.g. hat, gloves, waterproofs and thermals)
  • Wearing many thin layers is the best way to keep warm in cold conditions
  • Schedule ‘warm breaks’ for prolonged work outside

Travelling in bad weather

20% increase in road traffic accidents in the winter months

  • Plan ahead for a safe journey including checking the weather
  • Check your vehicle (e.g. lights, breaks and steering)
  • Prepare or purchase a winter driving emergency kit
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