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Preparing Your Workplace for Winter: Ensuring Safety and Accessibility

As the winter season approaches, it is crucial to ensure that your workplace is ready to handle the challenges that come with colder temperatures, snow, and ice. Taking the necessary precautions to prepare your workplace will not only enhance safety but also contribute to a more productive and comfortable environment for your employees. In this blog post, we will discuss some essential steps you can take to prepare your workplace for winter.

 1. Replace your wooden ramps and stairs with an aluminum access system from EZ-ACCESS®.

To start off, consider replacing your old wooden ramps and stairs with the EZ-ACCESS PATHWAY® HD Code Compliant Modular Access System. Made from high-quality aluminum, this access system is designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions, including snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. Unlike wooden ramps and stairs that can warp or deteriorate over time, the aluminum construction of the PATHWAY HD ensures its longevity and durability, making it a cost-effective and low-maintenance choice for winter preparation.

This innovative access system also offers enhanced traction and grip, thanks to its patented slip-resistant tread. This feature significantly reduces the risk of accidents, providing peace of mind for both employees and employers. And with the added benefit of handrails, the system offers additional stability and support, further enhancing safety during icy and slippery conditions.

2. Prepare your aluminum ramp for winter weather.

Once you have your aluminum ramp in place, it's crucial to prepare it for the winter weather. Here are a few steps you can follow:

  • Clearing snow quickly:  Use a plastic shovel to clear snow from the ramp promptly. By doing so, you create a safer path to the entrance, minimizing the risk of slips and falls.
  •  Brushing off snow debris:  After shoveling, use a broom with thick bristles to clear any remaining snow debris. This will help remove any built-up snow in the grooves of your aluminum ramp, further reducing the risk to anyone using it.
  • Using safe ice melt:  Instead of using ice melt that can be corrosive and cause damage to your aluminum access ramp, opt for Magnesium Chloride. It is safe for your ramp and won't cause any corrosion. Apply the ice melt liberally after shoveling and brushing off the snow.

 3. Prevent slips and falls.

Apart from ramp maintenance, there are other measures you can take to prevent slips and falls in your workplace:

  • Floor mats:  Place floor mats near entrances to trap moisture and prevent it from being tracked further into the building. This helps maintain dry and safe walking surfaces.
  • Signage:  Display clear signage to alert employees and visitors about potential hazards, such as wet floors or icy patches. This will increase awareness and encourage cautious behavior.
  • Lighting:  Ensure that all areas of your workplace are well lit, especially during the darker winter months. Sufficient lighting minimizes the risk of accidents and helps people navigate safely.

4. Prepare for freezing weather.

In addition to ensuring the safety of your ramps and walkways, it's essential to prepare your workplace for freezing weather conditions. Here are some steps to consider:

  • Protect plumbing:  Add pipe insulation to help prevent frozen pipes. This simple measure can save you from costly repairs and potential disruptions to your operations.
  • Test heating systems:  Before the cold sets in, test your heaters, thermostats, and lighting systems to ensure they are functioning correctly. This will help maintain a comfortable and productive work environment.
  • Check detectors:  Verify that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. These devices are crucial for the safety of your employees and should be regularly maintained.
  • Develop a backup plan:  Power outages can occur during winter storms. It's important to develop a backup plan that includes alternative heating sources, emergency lighting, and communication methods.

By following these steps to prepare your workplace for winter, you can create a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Take the necessary precautions, maintain your ramps, and be proactive in addressing potential hazards. Stay warm and enjoy a productive winter season!

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