Safety Brief - Walk Like a Penguin this Winter

Cold weather, ice, and snow can increase the chances of slips and falls, so Facilities Operations and Development's Environmental Health and Safety group wants to remind all Buckeyes to stay safe this winter. We remind you to dress warmly and wear the appropriate attire, and walk like a penguin when appropriate. It may sound silly, but short shuffled steps can decrease your chances of slipping.

Falls are one of the leading cause of injury in the workplace. Keep these tips in mind to avoid an injury, especially in snowy and icy conditions.

  • Walk slowly and carefully. Wear appropriate footwear like boots or other slip-resistant footwear.
  • Use special care when getting in and out of vehicles, even in parking garages. Use the vehicle for support if you need to.
  • Watch for slippery floors when you enter or exit any buildings, including your home.
  • Try to avoid carrying items or walking with your hands in your pockets.  This can reduce your ability to catch yourself if you lose your balance. Instead, carry a backpack if you have one.
  • Watch out for black ice, wet leaves, and snow banks.
  • Tap your foot on potentially slick areas to see if the areas are slippery.
  • Take shorter, shuffle-like steps, to maintain balance.  Walk like a penguin.
  • Avoid uneven surfaces if possible. Avoid steps or curbs with ice on them.
  • Do not rush.  Ensure you take the safest route.
  • Report any untreated surfaces to Service2Facilities.

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