-Prevention is key so monitor weather forecasts and take action whenever freezing temperatures are expected.
-Treat paths and walkways with salt or grit before nightfall or early morning (before staff and visitors arrive) to prevent ice forming or limit snow accumulating.
-Monitor the condition of the paths and walkways regularly during these weather conditions so that prompt remedial action can be taken. It’s easier to move snow when it’s fresh and loose rather than once it has become hard and compacted.
-Never use water to melt ice and snow as it may refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of injuries as it is invisible and very slippery.
-When you’re shoveling snow, take care where you put it so it doesn't block people’s paths or drains.
-It is not necessary to ensure that each and every available path is immediately cleared, as long as there is at least one safe route available to access the building.
Clearly, the timing and extent of any snow fall is relevant. Whilst it might not be reasonable for paths to be cleared during heavy falls of snow, the longer the snow and ice remains on the ground after the fall has ceased, the greater the likelihood of it being considered reasonable for some attempt to clear it to be made.