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Snow, Ice and Gritting

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Snow, Ice and Gritting

Our recommendations when considering snow, ice and gritting are:

  • A written risk assessment should be carried out and kept on the council files.
  • The council should take reasonable care to ensure the safety of the public, employees and volunteers. • All employees and volunteers should be made aware that the clearance of snow and ice could be a seven-day-a-week task, including bank holidays. They should also have received adequate training and wear the appropriate protective clothing.
  • We recommend the council communicates its plans to the community. This can be via a website, newsletter, notice boards or minutes of the meeting. If the plans change, this should also be communicated to the community.
  • Once a clearance programme is implemented it should be maintained throughout the period of adverse weather.
  • Where a council takes on the responsibility for clearing snow or ice from the paths, it must exercise reasonable care in doing so.
  • Care should be taken in deciding where to move the snow. Make sure that you do not block roads, paths or drains and clear the middle of the path first so you have a safe surface to walk on.
  • After the snow and ice has been cleared do not use water as this may cause black ice. Always use salt or grit on the treated areas.

If the council is supplying salt bins and grit for members of the public to carry out gritting of public areas around their own property, cover will not be provided by the council’s policy as the members of public are doing this under their own volition. If the council has asked the members of public to carry out this activity then they would be considered a volunteer of the council and cover would be afforded.

Sue Squire, Clerk to the Culmstock Parish Council

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