To grit or not to grit?!

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Slipping and tripping

It will be no surprise to learn that slips and trips increase during the winter months.   There are effective actions that you can take to reduce the risk of a slip or trip. Small or large sites, it is important to always ensure that regularly used walkways are looked after to avoid unnecessary accidents.

Frost, ice and snow.

·         To reduce the risk of slips on frost, ice or snow, you need to assess the risk and put in a system to manage it.  Sussex Gritting Services can provide free advice on this.

·         Identify the outdoor areas used by pedestrians most likely to be affected by ice, for example: – building entrances, car parks, pedestrian walkways, shortcuts, sloped areas and areas constantly in the shade or wet.

·         Monitor the temperature, as prevention is key.  Sussex Gritting Services monitor the temperature daily throughout the winter season, and will notify you when there is a risk of snow or ice.

·         With your agreement, Sussex Gritting Services will act whenever freezing road surface temperatures are forecast.


Why do we grit?

Salt, used for gritting, can stop ice forming and cause existing ice or snow to melt. It is most effective when it is ground down by traffic or pedestrians.

Gritting should be carried out when frost, ice or snow is forecast or when walkways are likely to be damp or wet and the floor temperatures are at, or below freezing. The best times are early in evening before the frost settles and/or early in the morning before employees arrive. Salt doesn’t work instantly; it needs enough time to dissolve into the moisture on the floor.

If we grit when it is raining heavily the salt may be washed away.  Sussex Gritting Services will always work throughout the night in accordance with the weather forecast.