When it snows in Lincolnshire, not properly gritting and de-icing can put businesses at risk for injuries, lawsuits and non-compliance.

In this blog, we’ll give you some guidance on how to structure a compliant and safe winter maintenance program. Just follow these best practices to make sure you fulfil your duty of care this season.

The Legal Duty to Protect Against Snow and Ice Hazards

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1992, businesses have a legal obligation to take reasonable steps preventing slips and falls caused by snow and ice buildup on their premises. 

If you fail to properly grit and clear outdoor areas, it’s considered a breach of your duty of care. That can lead to some serious fines or even legal action if someone gets hurt.

So, don’t take this responsibility lightly this winter!

When Should Gritting Take Place?

Gritting should not only happen reactively during snowstorms but also on a regular basis before and after freezing conditions happen:

  • Before Temperatures Drop: Apply grit when ground temperatures are forecasted to go below 2°C overnight to prevent melted snow from refreezing into ice.
  • After Snowfalls: Grit walkways within 1-2 hours following any new snow accumulation of 2cm or more. This prevents compacting.
  • During Cold Snaps: Check and treat high traffic areas at least twice daily during prolonged freezing temperatures.
  • Prioritise High Traffic Zones: Apply grit/salt first on the most used walkways, stairs, ramps and loading areas.

Complying Through Procedure

Making sure to follow application procedures, documentation and monitoring is crucial. You can do this by:

  • Using broadcast spreaders for even and efficient gritting
  • Prioritising areas like walkways and stairs before roads and low traffic zones.
  • Removing built up snow fully before applying gritting products.
  • Document each treatment including product used, areas covered, conditions at time of application.
  • Frequently inspect surfaces and touch up as required. Note any risk factors.

Turning to Professional Support

For fully managed winter maintenance that transfers compliance risks, partner with specialists like us at Lincolnshire Gritters. Our teams handle:

  • Initial site visits to identify trouble spots
  • Regular inspections and risk assessments
  • Scheduled treatments tailored to each property
  • 24/7 real-time monitoring and response
  • Complete documentation for your records

We’ve got you covered! With our comprehensive winter gritting process, we make sure safety is a top priority, reducing liability and giving you that peace of mind you deserve.

Stay On Course This Winter

With freezing temperatures on the way, safeguard your business and fulfil your legal duty of care by implementing compliant gritting protocols this winter. 

Make sure to follow the best practices mentioned above, or better yet, connect with professionals who can handle the process for you. By planning ahead, you’ll be able to keep visitors, staff and operations protected throughout the winter season.