Montana State University

« Return to MSU Today Day | Month | Year

Safety and Risk Management offers tips, free ice grippers for walking in winter conditions


MSU's Safety and Risk Management offers MSU faculty and staff tips and free ice grippers for walking in winter conditions.

According to Safety and Risk Management, winter brings elevated risk for slips, trips, falls, and vehicle accidents. MSU puts extensive effort into making campus pathways, parking lots and roadways as safe as possible during winter. A prioritized snow removal program to clear MSU's 25 miles of sidewalk, 5 miles of roadway, more than 200 building entryways, and parking lots can be found at
http:// www.montana.edu/us/fs/FAQ/files/SnowRemoval.pdf.

There are still many things individuals can do to protect themselves and our campus community. According to Safety and Risk Management, first and foremost on the list is to go slower and give yourself more time to get places.

For walking in winter conditions, Safety and Risk Management offers these tips:

1.  Wear appropriate footwear. For example:

  • Snow boots with rubber, treaded soles;

  • Treaded shoes with slip resistant soles;

  • Shoes with "ice grippers" -- Please note that ice Grippers are free for MSU employees - visit this link for more information: http://www.montana.edu/wwwsrm/icegrippers.htm

  • North areas, between cars in parking lots, slopes, and uneven surfaces are often slick.

  • Take smaller steps and shuffle your feet to test for grip.

  • Avoid carrying large or heavy loads.

  • Walk with your hands out of your pockets to aid with balance.

  • Allow extra time to get to your destination - rushing increases slips, trips and falls.

  • Condidions change throughout the day: even though it's sunny, temperatures could have dropped.

  • Indoor floors can be slippery from moisture tracked in, use cauuton indoors too.

  • Pay extra attention to traffic as you cross the street. Their visibility may be decreased, and stopping distance

    may increase.

2. Call the Work Control Center at x2107 to report icy areas on campus. 

 

For driving in winter conditions, Safety and Risk Management offers these tips:

  1. Do an automotive safety check

    • Tires with good tread and proper air pressure;

    • Working safety systems - lights, defroster, brakes, etc.;

    • Clear windows (i.e. snow, ice, fog) - it's safe and it's the law;

  2. Leave early to allow driving as slowly as road condi���ons warrant.

  3. Pay extra attention to stopping distance (it's longer on slick roads).

    • Watch for pedestrians, especially in crosswalks;

    • Give other vehicles more space.

4. Call the Work Control Center at x2107 to report icy roads on campus. 

 

Safety adn Risk Management reminds faculty and staff that if they do happen to experience a slip and fall, be sure to report it as soon as it is possible to do so using the First Report of Injury located at http:// www.montana.edu/wwwsrm/. 

Please contact Safety & Risk Management with any questions regarding this or any other campus safety issue.