Rainy season can be one of the trickiest months for those of who work in the construction industry. Do not let rainy seasons ruin your safety program. Unless it's pouring, it's easy to forget how dangerous rain can be. Even a mild drizzle or a 30-minutes shower sets up the potential for slip and fall hazards and visibility issues that compromise worker safety. Keep in mind that it is your organization's responsibility to protect workers from weather-related hazards. These are the following measurement to help you do that:
Protect workers from cold stress. Like heat stress, cold stress can creep up on an employee quickly. The first line of defense is protective clothing by wearing layers, with the outer layer consisting of rain gear. Set up shelters where workers can get a break from the wind and rain.
And also equip the workers with appropriate hand and footwear. Gloves should fit and have a nonslip grip especially when working with hand tools. And boots should come up over the ankles with heavy tread to prevent slipping.
Visibility is critical for a safe working environment. Just a few drops on an employee's safety goggles or a dark, cloudy or foggy day are enough to compromise clear visibility. When visibility is poor, workers should have bright, reflective outerwear, especially in areas with vehicle traffic to ensure that the workers are seen easily.
If conditions are wet and the equipments are designed for outdoor use, make sure workers are using tools with textures, non-slip handles.
Workers have tendency to work quickly during rainy season so they can get back indoors as soon as possible. Sometime this will lead to accident disaster. Coach the workers to work slowly and methodically to lessen their chances of accident and injury.
The burden of accidents during rainy seasons is significant, both for workers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums. To combat the problem, ISO 45001 Occupational health and safety management systems standard will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve workers safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions.