Ice-Melting Supplies – A Must for Every Company
Providing safe walking surfaces for your employees is a must — especially when winter weather hits. By using ice melter on sidewalks, parking lots and other frequently traveled areas, you will be protecting your employees from slip and fall accidents when at work, even on the nastiest days winter has in store.
Since the first winter freeze often catches people off-guard, be sure you always have ice melter on-hand. You should also always stock more than you expect you’ll need, and store it in an easily accessible area so you can access it whenever the need arises. Remember, ice-melting products are far cheaper than insurance claims and other costs associated with winter weather slips and falls.
When choosing an ice-melting product for your company, keep in mind that it needs to be safe for people and animals that may come into contact with it. Also, be sure to use quality products that won’t damage concrete or landscaping.
While you can control the de-icing practices at your company, remember that employees who travel to off-site locations are vulnerable to slips and falls on ice that might be present in remote locations. Therefore, keep your employees informed of the necessary precautions when travelling off-site.
Below are some common mistakes that leading ice melt manufacturers have shared:
1) Not using it ? Falls are a huge liability for business owners. Many regulatory bodies have legislation that requires a business to take some action to prevent slips and falls. By doing nothing, business owners open themselves up to legal action.
2) Using too much ? According to manufacturers, less is usually more when it comes to ice melt. Overusing the product can lead to it being unnecessarily tracked into the facility, and can burn the vegetation near where the product is used.
3) Applying it improperly ? Following directions for ice melt is important for determining quantity and to ensure the proper personal protective equipment is being used during application.
4) Using the wrong kind ? How quickly de-icers work, and at what temperature, varies depending on the materials the product is made from. It’s important to use ice melters that melt to the temperatures that generally occur in your region.
5) Not cleaning it up ? Tracked-in ice melt is unattractive and can damage floors and other surfaces. The best way to prevent ice melt from being tracked into the building is by using track mats both inside and outside your entrances, and to clean them up with a mop or vacuum throughout the day.
With tools, such as our Salting for Winter Safety Guidebook, you’ll have everything you need to know about keeping your walkways free of ice and snow — and safe for your employees! Accident Fund policyholderscan log into our website for a variety of additional safety tools and tips.