Working on Ice: Standard Operating Procedure

Year of Publication
2017
Author
The Dorset Environmental Science Centre (DESC) undertakes field operations that involve working on ice on small to mid-sized lakes. Winter includes hazards connected with cold temperature, ice, and snow. These can conceal treacherous conditions; lead to slow response times and reduce worker mobility. This document describes the minimum safety requirements and protocols for working on ice. The purpose is to provide staff and supervisors with information on hazards, proper safety equipment, and training as required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.The Dorset Environmental Science Centre (DESC) undertakes field operations that involve working on ice on small to mid-sized lakes. Winter includes hazards connected with cold temperature, ice, and snow. These can conceal treacherous conditions; lead to slow response times and reduce worker mobility. This document describes the minimum safety requirements and protocols for working on ice. The purpose is to provide staff and supervisors with information on hazards, proper safety equipment, and training as required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.