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Dark Nights: Employee Safety at Every Hour

Daylight Saving Time ends in late October each year, and with the clocks going back an hour, employees are more likely to spend at least a part of their working day in the dark. Employers have a duty to ensure employees who are out in the late afternoon, evening and night are safe wherever they may be.

Putting a few clear and effective systems in place to support health and safety efforts after dark is the easiest way to show a duty of care to staff. The majority of these policies are simple and cost-effective.


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As autumn draws in and the daylight hours get shorter, it is vital to have additional health and safety measures in place within your organisation. Take a look at these great tips on how to ensure you and your colleagues stay safe as the dark nights approach this autumn.

Brighten Workwear

High-visibility clothing will reduce the risks of accidents and ensure workers can be seen during dusk and into the night. Brighter workwear will also make it easier to locate employees, especially in hazardous conditions during the winter months. Hi-vis clothing is classified as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and generally underscores basic health and safety schemes at work.

Shine a Light

Navigating workplace premises is more hazardous after dark. Providing small appliances such as torches, hand lamps, headlights, lanterns and work lights will allow employees to complete work tasks and travel freely with sufficient lighting at all times. Employees can be caught out by the clocks going back, so try to plan ahead so they have everything they need.

Stay Alert

Slips, trips and falls are a major cause of accidents in all workplaces. In darker environments they become an even greater hazard. Staying alert at all times is crucial. Darker nights also mean colder weather, so slips and trips become an even bigger problem. Make sure foot paths and parking areas are well illuminated and gritted with salt to avoid employees and visitors slipping and falling. Have handrails in place to support people in high risk areas and install non-slip stair treads – even if you only have a few outside steps. Finally, use barriers to cordon off hazards such as drains, potholes or flooded guttering.

Know your Way

Signs play a key role in our safety as the mornings and evenings grow darker as they help employees and visitors find their way around your premises. It is crucial in an emergency to have correct and highly visible signage in place, not only for safe evacuation but also for emergency services to find their way in and out of your building. Photoluminescent signs are highly effective in dim lighting and the dark, ensuring safe way finding and improving fire safety.

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