Workplace Safety in the Rain
By Allegiance Staffing
March 15, 2016
There are places where snow is the major weather event between December and March. Other places mostly get rain. Now that many places are looking at working through rainy days, it is time to think of the safety precautions that will make sure your employees can stay productive through this season. These workplace safety tips apply to generally wet conditions and flooding.
Rain Safety Tips
Whether it is misting or pouring, wet work environments present a couple of hazards, namely low visibility, cold and slippery surfaces. When it is wet out, make sure employees use the following precautions:
- Wear the appropriate clothes. Deep-tread, waterproof and nonslip shoes, raincoats, nonslip gloves, and specifically-designed rain gear will protect employees from slipping or freezing.
- Use electrical tools and equipment that is rated for outside use. You don’t want any employees getting electricuted. It’s good if hand tools have nonslip handles, too, so you don’t worry about the tools falling.
- Make sure areas are properly lighted, and that goggles don’t fog up. This will prevent accidents.
- On a related note, anyone working in the rain around vehicular traffic should wear bright/reflective clothes so they don’t get run over.
- Above all, remind your employees to slow down and take extra care. Damp, slippery surfaces make people accident-prone, and someone slipping and dropping tools reduces productivity more than everyone taking the time to do things right.
The ultimate rain hazard is flooding. Seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are for flooding, and it is a threat just about everywhere. Here is what to remember about this type of disaster.
- Have a backup plan for emergencies, and a kit in case your business gets stranded. You can post your plan in the break room.
- Keep an ear out for flood news. The National Weather Service issues 3 types of flood warnings that will broadcast on the radio and TV. They will send text messages, too. They issue a Flood Advisory if an anticipated weather event could inconvenience folks. They issue a Flood Watch if conditions are such that it could flood. They issue a Flood Warning if there is an actual flood happening right now or will happen shortly.
- When you hear a Flood Warning, turn off your utilities at the main switch.
- Get yourself and your employees to higher ground in the event of a flood.
- Do not try to cross flood waters. The speed and strength of such water is deceptive, and it can bowl people over when it is only 6 inches deep.
The rainy season will soon be upon many regions, if it isn’t on them already. Happily, Allegiance Staffing is here to help you keep staffed throughout the year. Feel free to contact us for staffing your needs. Looking to work safely during the rainy season? Join Our Talent Network Today!