Introduction to this document

Winter driving

There are many risks associated with driving - even in the best weather conditions. However, the risks are even greater during the winter. To ensure these risks are kept to a minimum make full use of our document.

Managing the risks

To help you identify the hazards associated with driving in the winter months and some appropriate ways of controlling them, use our example Risk Assessment - Winter Driving. It covers the generic hazards associated with this type of activity and suggests control measures to reduce the risks to an acceptable level.

You should ensure that your document only addresses “significant” hazards, i.e. any that could, and more importantly are likely to, cause an accident or injury.

Make your instructions clear

Don’t include activities in your document that simply don’t need to be there. Work to the principle that if there is any chance of your staff being unaware of the safe way of doing something, then you will need to make it clear in your document. Finally, always ensure that any control measures you identify and follow only go so far “as is reasonably practicable”. 

Note. The list of potential hazards is not exhaustive. For your risk assessment to be considered suitable and sufficient in the eyes of the law it must accurately reflect the “significant” hazards found in your workplace.