"Think Safety" Blog

Winter Driving

Here are a few WINTER SAFETY tips from O.S.H.A:

"Although employers cannot control roadway conditions, they can promote safe driving behavior, ensuring that workers recognize the hazards of winter weather driving.

An operator whom is driving on a snow/ice covered road, should be properly trained for driving in winter weather conditions (as applicable) for the vehicles they operate.

 

For information about driving safely during the winter, visit OSHA's Safe Winter Driving page.

Employers should set and enforce driver safety policies. Employers should also implement an effective maintenance program for all vehicles and mechanized equipment, that workers are required to operate. 

 

Learn more at: Motor Vehicle Safety (OSHA Safety and Health Topic’s Page).

Employers should ensure properly trained workers' inspect the following vehicle systems to determine if they are working properly:

  • Brakes: Brakes should provide even and balanced braking. Verify brake fluid is at the proper level.

  • Cooling System: Ensure a proper mixture of 50/50 antifreeze and water in the cooling system.

  • Electrical System: Inspect the ignition system and verify that the battery is fully charged and that the terminals are clean. Verify that the alternator belt is in good condition with proper tension.

  • Engine: Inspect all engine systems.

  • Exhaust System:  Inspect exhaust for leaks and verify that all clamps and hangers are snug.

  • Tires:  Inspect tires for proper tread depth, signs of damage, or uneven wear. Verify all tires are properly inflated to manufacturers specifications.

  • Oil: Verify that oil is at proper level.

  • Visibility Systems: Inspect all exterior lights, defrosters (windshield and rear window), and wipers. *Recommendation is to upgrade to winter rated windshield wipers.

An emergency kit with the following items is recommended in vehicles:

  • Cellphone or two-way radio

  • Windshield ice scraper

  • Snow brush

  • Flashlight with extra batteries

  • Shovel

  • Tow chain

  • Traction aids (bag of sand or cat litter)

  • Emergency flares

  • Jumper cables

  • Snacks

  • Water

  • Road maps

  • Blankets, change of clothes

Work Zone Traffic Safety

Workers being struck by vehicles or mobile equipment lead to many work zone fatalities or injuries annually. Drivers may skid, or lose control of their vehicles more easily when driving on snow and/or ice covered roads. It is therefore, important to properly set up work zones with traffic controls identified by signs, cones, barrels, and barriers to protect workers. Workers exposed to vehicular traffic should wear the appropriate high visibility vests at all times, so that they can be visible to motorists." ~O.S.H.A

https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/winter_weather/hazards_precautions.html

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