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Professionalism and hygiene during heinous storms

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- Posted: October 26, 2017
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When a monster storm hits, it’s no holds barred, throw everything you have at it, right? That approach can have an impact on the health and hygiene of a snow professional.

Hygiene Matters
Let’s face it, who wants to work with the guy who hasn’t showered or brushed his teeth in three days or looks like he got plowed up from under the snow bank? No one! Leadership should ensure that employees are provided personal space and time to care for basic hygiene. It’s not just about hygiene, it’s about professionalism, your image, and your company culture.

Policy
  • Procure a space or location where they can take a break, get some rest, have a snack, brush their teeth, etc. This could be a space at headquarters or rooms booked at a hotel near the sites being serviced.
  • Identify acceptable standards for clothing. Consider uniforms or standardized clothing recommendations. For subcontractors, require some level of professionalism since they’re a direct representation of your company when in the field.
  • Make it clear that employees represent your company and should look/act the part, no matter how long they’ve been storm fighting. Company policy can include providing extra clothing for employees to change into during long duration storms.
  • Ensure that employees have proper identification on them in case of an emergency.
Planning
  • For each route or site, urgent care clinics and hospitals should be mapped out and identified in case of an emergency.
  • Each employee should be assigned and understand how to get to a predetermined location (hotel, the shop, their home, etc.) that is close to the site/route, where they can freshen up and rest.
  • Each employee should be trained to pack a storm bag, with a list of recommended items, including:
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • Bar of soap
    • Deodorant/anti-perspirant
    • Changes of clothes (extra undies, please and thank you!)
    • Cell phone charger (both for the vehicle and for a wall plug)
Time is of the essence during a snow event, but that doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice our own personal health and well being. Set your team up for success in the field by giving them the space and time to rest and recharge.

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