Guidance on working in cold and wintry weather

Sent on behalf of Health and Safety Executive:

Keep safe when working in wintry conditions

With low temperatures and less daylight, winter can make surfaces perilous, and slip and trip accidents increase significantly.

There are plenty of factors to consider when avoiding these sorts of accidents. Ice and snow, poor lighting, excess water from rain and even gritting can all cause problems.

Take a look at our online guide to avoiding slips and trips in winter weather

Working in cold weather

Our guidance has been refreshed to make it easier to find and understand advice on how to protect workers in low temperatures.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations require employers to provide a reasonable indoor temperature in the workplace.

The guidance explains how you can assess the risks to workers and put controls in place to protect them. There is a workplace temperature checklist to help you carry out a basic risk assessment.