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Winter Operative Training
Winter Operative Training
Welcome to your Winter Operative Training
What best describes RAMS?
Carried out as part of a survey to assess risk
Tells us which PPE is required out in the field
Highlights impacts on health and safety as well as the environment
Factors that play a role in winter weather:
Icy surfaces and snow
Amount of material applied to surfaces
Black ice and hoar frost
Temperature, moisture, RST’s
How do we combat winter hazards?
Coordinated mechanical and pedestrian snow clearance
Correct application at the appropriate times
Salt and alternative material
Which of the following statements is TRUE?
There is not a big difference in RSTs throughout the year
Clear skies and 2 degrees Celsius. It’s the beginning of February. It is likely you are working tonight
Heat retention only starts in Autumn
In Autumn, air temperatures can be higher than RSTs
Severity of hazards are determined by which factor?
Applications levels depend on several factors. Select the correct one:
Forecasted weather conditions
Access times on site
Which of these statements is INCORRECT?
Heavy rain in the forecast will lead to delayed service
Operators and contractors can decide when to resume service during heavy rainfall
A high or heavy application is required should rain continue throughout the night
It is better to get material on the ground before it snows
Which of these statements is CORRECT?
Callouts form the basis of what we do in our Winter service line
Material is most effective once applied after ice formation
Proactive service is aimed at addressing further risks once an incident has occurred
Proactive service could make Reactive service easier
Why do we delay service?
To prevent, where possible, salt being needlessly washed away
To save material by not gritting on a night of heavy rainfall
Because we like to wind up operators by making them work late
If rain is forecast throughout the night… (select the CORRECT statement)
Applications rates must be “high” or “heavy” as directed by OUTCO Management
You only need to carry out an inspection and complete the job. Don’t waste salt.
Access issues no longer need to be raised
Only high-risk sites need to be attended to
Which statement applies to the role of an operator?
Take reasonable care of your own safety and that of others affected by your actions
You must attend the Dry Run in October
Normal service hours are from 6pm until 6am
As for your role and expectations, which of these statements applies?
Once you have completed your route for the night, you can switch off your phone
Servicing of a site is not compulsory if a security guard tells you so
You are not expected to work Christmas and New Year’s Eve
Be prepared to attend sites that are not on your route due to breakdowns or incidents
What should we be mindful of when working at night? Select the CORRECT statement.
Human beings are perfectly suited to work at night
Rest is important to prevent the onset of sleep disorders
Melatonin helps keep us awake and alert
Taking short breaks are forbidden
On a typical work night, what should you NOT do?
If you have no early start sites, be on your first site at 17:40 and start gritting
Call Operations when you are done
Be punctual and get to a salt yard in a comfortable time
Make time to prepare
If you are feeling tired and need to take a break, what should you do?
Taking a break is not allowed
Stop on the side of the motorway and put your hazards on
Call the Operations Team and let them know
Text your partner and ask them how their day went
On the generic Winter Risk Assessment, what do we do to improve a risk matrix?
Put in place control procedures or measures
Call the operations team
We carry out a survey
We call in a Health & Safety Officer
When marine salt mixes with moisture...
It forms a saline solution that helps prevent ice formation
It instantly washes away, leaving the site open to risk
It forms a sheet of ice, creating a hazard
It reduces the freezing point of water right down to –30 degrees celcius
What best describes a Method statement?
An assessment carried out to assess risks
A detailed description of the job to be carried out along with associated tasks.
A training sign-off sheet
A toolbox talk
Where will you find the list of PPE requirements for winter maintenance?
Once done with your route for the night, what is the first thing you should do?
Call the Operations Team and check that all the jobs went through
Switch off your phone and head home.
Complete a cleanout form and get your vehicle and machinery ready for the next night
Fall asleep on site
Time is Up!
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