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Winter Works with Appendices

The purpose of this best practice is to provide guidelines to follow when developing a winter preparedness program specific to the company or site requirements. This document will cover pre-season planning, in-season work execution and, post season de-winterization and review. This document will provide guidance to minimize the impact on people, environment, materials, production and equipment by focusing on three main topics: Site Preparedness planning, Winer driving and equipment, Winter PPE. Supporting documents have been merged to this best practice report for easier printing, individual items can be found in the library. This best practice was prepared in 2014 at the request of the COAA Safety Committee.

Winter conditions in Alberta can start as early as October and continue through to April. Weather and environmental conditions during this time create hazards. If uncontrolled, these hazards can increase the risk of loss to people, equipment, materials, production and the environment.

The purpose of this best practice is to provide guidelines to follow when developing a winter preparedness program specific to the company or site requirements.

This best practices will:

  • Raise awareness and provide mitigation strategies to reduce the risks associated with working in winter conditions
  • Provide a comprehensive guide on winter work preparedness, awareness and implementation
  • Propose a schedule for pre-season and post-season activities
  • Promote continuous improvement through post-season review, carrying lessons learned forward to the next year
  • Provide a tool kit that contractors can use when developing their own winter work program including templates for Winter Work Plans, schedules, forms, checklists, posters and training materials

This document will cover pre-season planning, in-season work execution and, post season de-winterization and review. This document will provide guidance to minimize the impact on people, environment, materials, production and equipment by focusing on three main topics:

  • site preparation and planning
  • Winter driving and equipment operation
  • Winter PPE

By focusing on these three areas, companies will have the best chance to eliminate or mitigate the risks associated with winter hazards, ultimately reducing loss.

Appendix 13 attachments – Sample winter campaign materials

  • Exposure to the Cold
  • Frostbite and Hypothermia
  • Slips, Trips, Falls Campaign
  • Winter Driving
  • Winter Prep Safety Meeting
  • Winter Preparedness Presentation
  • Winter Slips, Trips and Falls Poster 1
  • Winter Slips, Trips and Falls Poster 2
  • Winter Working Conditions Poster

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Appendix 13 – Exposure to the ColdPDF Logo

Appendix 13 – Frostbite and HypothermiaPDF Logo

Appendix 13 – Slips Trips and Falls CampaignPDF Logo

Appendix 13 – Winter DrivingPDF Logo

Appendix 13 – Winter Prep Safety MeetingPDF Logo

Appendix 13 – Winter Preparedness PresentationPDF Logo

Appendix 13 – Winter Slips Trips and Falls PosterPDF Logo

Appendix 13 – Winter Working Conditions PosterPDF Logo

Appendix 13 – Winter Slips Trips and Falls Poster bluePDF Logo

Winter Works Best Practice ReportPDF Logo

RELEVANT PRESENTATIONS

Workshop Winter Works PresentationPDF Logo

File Type: pdf
Categories: Best Practice, Project Best Practice, Safety, Winter Works

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The Construction Owners Association of Alberta recognizes that COAA’s office in Edmonton is located within Treaty 6 Territory and within the Métis homelands and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. We further acknowledge that what we call Alberta is the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations and we are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.

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