Tornado Damage Christmas Day – Birmingham, AL (Courtesy NWS)
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” – is a favorite holiday song and, depending on your business, this is time when you’re very busy or things taper off a bit. Many adopt a “holiday” mindset as they prepare to travel and use well-earned vacation time. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that on average, companies hire roughly 7 million temporary workers in the third and fourth quarter of the year. These adjusted staffing scenarios bring up two important considerations when it comes to safety for your operation.
First, ensure your recently-hired workers are aware of your company’s emergency plans and processes. Make this is an essential part of their on-boarding, even if their tenure is expected to be brief. You don’t want to risk an accident or expose yourself to unnecessary liability during a crisis. This is especially important when it comes to evacuation or sheltering-in-place, as your new hires often find themselves in an unfamiliar location. Also, they may know little about the geography of your facility and the surrounding environment.
Second, don’t let your guard down when it comes to extreme weather. While it is true that most of the severe weather in the U.S. occurs in the spring, some of the most destructive outbreaks have happened in the fall and winter, during holidays. Take for example, the 2015 Christmas storms that hit Birmingham, Alabama on Christmas Day and a few days later in Dallas, Texas. Disaster like this can not only disrupt your operations, but also impact your employee’s ability to return to work.
Storms don’t take a holiday, especially if the right conditions are present as is often the case in the late fall and winter. During this time, cold air begins descending from Canada colliding violently with warm air still lingering over southern regions of the U.S. While it may be surprising, it isn’t all that unusual.
Avoid the holiday mindset and ensure the team responsible for safety and emergency planning takes threats this time of year into account. It may be an even greater challenge as everyone tends to slow it down and take it easier toward the end of the year. Nevertheless, successful organizations are built around being pro-active with respect to weather threats, year ‘round.
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