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The British Institute for Facilities Management (BIFM) has launched a Good Practice Guide to provide guidance for businesses dealing with the harsh weather conditions of a severe winter.

 

BIFM worked alongside snow removal firm GRITIT, and covers all areas of winter maintenance, from creating a plan to encourage safe driving, to the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

 

The managing director of GRITIT, Nikki Singh-Barmi, said that the organisation had been collaborating with BIFM during the last three years to assess how UK companies deal with the risks associated with winter weather. She stated that they were aware of the concerns of businesses over the impact of snow and icy conditions, including the loss of revenue, productivity and reputation that can arise from accident claims or the company having to shut down due to severe weather.

 

Despite being concerned about the impact of bad weather, 25% of facilities managers do not have a plan in place for winter maintenance, leaving them vulnerable. Singh-Barmi added that there was no substantial guidance in place, which is why GRITIT wanted to share its knowledge and experience with BIFM. The plan can be attached to the company’s health and safety policy, so that risks are reduced and employers can be sure that they are compliant with legislation and meeting a duty of care to their workforce.

 

The Research and Information Manager at BIFM, Peter Brogan, said that the guide is one of many that will be released during the next few months.

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