CSI Products advise businesses to implement a severe weather policy to maintain productivity during extreme weather

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Snow and rain in the UK is hardly an unusual event and yet there is still a large number of businesses unprepared. CSI Products recommend developing and implementing a comprehensive severe weather policy so businesses can take steps to guarantee that they don’t become one of them.

There has been no escaping the recent unexpected and unseasonal severe weather that has been covering the country causing major disruption throughout the UK.

Widespread and prolonged snowfall has brought commuters to a standstill, forced schools to close and generally made conditions very difficult for people and businesses alike.

In a recent report published by the Charted Management Institute (CMI) published in association with the British Standards Institution, the Business Continuity Institute and the Cabinet Office, it was reported that ‘severe weather conditions remains the leading cause of disruptions to organisations throughout the UK’. With the Environment Agency predicting such occurrences to become a regular fixture in the future it’s up to businesses to ensure that they are adequately prepared.

Businesses need to maintain normal service levels and remain productive despite the weather conditions. To ensure that a business is able to continue operating efficiently during adverse weather, a severe weather policy must be put in place that permits this to happen whether it be by putting motions in place that allows employees to work remotely, where possible, or by investing in specialist snow clearing equipment and flood protection products to keep operations moving.

Managers not only have a responsibility to ensure the smooth running of the business and its activities, they are also responsible for protecting staff, company assets, brand reputation and safeguarding the interests of key stakeholders. With average financial costs to businesses reportedly reaching above £52k* it is imperative that Managers take preventative action, in form of a severe weather policy, to protect the business at all times throughout the year.

Businesses that are proactive in putting a severe weather policy in place will have a greater chance of recovering from the effects of extreme weather more quickly than those who fail to adequately prepare, with many being left extremely vulnerable to potential disruption and faced with hefty financial costs as a result of losing business and customer trust.

It is every business’ responsibility to ensure the safety of employees, visitors and members of the general public. To avoid potential accidents, a business' severe weather policy should include provisions that ensure that access routes and car parks are cleared and kept safe during bouts of bad weather.

Access areas, roads and car parks can be kept clear during heavy snow storms by investing in snow clearing equipment such as salt spreaders and grit spreaders, snow blowers and snow ploughs, road salt and liquid de-icing products and grit bins. Flood protection products including sandbags, hydrosacks, hydrosnakes, flood barriers and floodgates can all be used to minimise and reduce the threat of flooding when temperatures increase and the snow starts to thaw or during spells of heavy rain.

These products are just a selection of the specialist equipment available from CSI Products, Flood Products and Winter Maintenance UK that businesses can use to prepare for and minimise the impact of heavy snowfall and excessive rain.

About CSI Products | Flood Products and Winter Maintenance UK
CSI Products is the workplace provider that gives businesses more, finding the right product and right solutions enabling businesses to get the most from their workplace.

With over 35 years experience supplying workplace products to the industrial, commercial and public sectors their experience and established supply and manufacturing network allows CSI Products to offer more product choice, more value, more support and more expertise.

From lockers to ladders, office shelving to warehouse racking, trucks, trolleys, roll containers, wheelie bins or white boards, CSI Products offers everything the workplace needs and more.

Visit http://www.csi-products.co.uk or call 0800 083 0953 to find out more.

Flood Prevention & Protection, Winter Maintenance, Environmental & Waste Management, Health & Safety, Storage & Shelving, Mailroom & Packaging, Workshop & Warehouse, Handing & Lifting, Traffic Management

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