The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has published in partnership with GRITIT, a Good Practice Guide to Winter Maintenance to support FM professionals with business risk and continuity. The guide offers practical advice and guidance to support FMs in developing better working practices around winter maintenance.
GRITIT MD Nikki Singh-Barmi said:
“We have been collaborating closely with the BIFM over the last three years to gain insight into how well prepared UK business is to deal with the very real risk that severe winter weather poses. We know that FMs are becoming increasingly aware of the growing impact of risks, such as risk of lost revenue, reputation and productivity resulting from accident liability claims or shut-downs caused by snow and ice. But almost a quarter of FMs are still leaving themselves vulnerable by not having a winter maintenance plan in place.
“There wasn’t really any substantial documented guidance available for FMs. We wanted to share experience and expertise with BIFM to clearly communicate to members, and the FM industry, how risk can be reduced by creating a robust winter maintenance plan that can be embedded at top level to a company’s health and safety policy. So that, when severe weather strikes, businesses can be well prepared to meet their duty of care by taking a proactive approach.”
The guide covers all aspects of winter maintenance from creating a plan and reducing risk to scheduling interior and exterior maintenance, the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and driving safely.
Commenting on the latest guide in the Good Practice Guide series, Peter Brogan, research and information manager at BIFM said:
“BIFM’s Good Practice Guides series aim to be a jargon free, practical guide on specific and diverse subjects for the befit of FM professionals. The guides provide hints and tips that FMs are able to implement into their working practices with ease. The Good Practice Guide to Winter Maintenance is a brand new guide for the series, and is one of many new or updated guides that we’ll be releasing over the coming months” said Peter Brogan, Research and Information Manager at BIFM.