To: UAS Faculty and Staff
From Dan Garcia, UAS Health and Safety
Re: Free Ice Grippers for UAS Employees
First clear day and the frost is here! Thin ice covers everything on these cool, crisp mornings. Don’t take your sure footing for granted. What used to be sloped wet pathways are now sloped icy pathways.
I know you are waiting for me to say “ice grippers” but there are more important strategies that are even more effective:
- Choose footwear wisely. Wear the ones with good traction.
- Be mindful of the path right in front of you. I know that sounds rather Zen, but really, bring your eyes down to the path right in front of you.
- Bend your knees, take short steps, walk flat footed or shuffle for stability.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets and avoid carrying a heavy load.
- Look out for black ice, especially in the morning and in areas shaded from the sun.
- When walking on stairs use the hand rails and plant your feet firmly on each step.
- Use special care when getting out of or into your vehicle.
Some Southeast weather can defeat the best common sense walking practices so always keep your ice grippers handy. This is especially important at the beginning of the winter season while we are all getting used to the icy conditions.
Ice grippers are free to UAS employees. If you have a pair from prior years, check that they are serviceable. If you need a new pair, please send me an e-mail with your boot size and your mail stop.
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do fall or encounter a particularly slippery walking surface on the campus, please let Facilities Services know: 796-6496.
Call me if you have any questions or to report a falling injury: 796-6077