Safe Work Procedure – Snowshoes

Natasha Birsa Occupational Health & Safety, Safe Work Procedures

Purpose/Background:

Using snowshoes when walking through areas with significant snowfall can help to provide floatation, traction, and stability, and can help decrease over-exertion.

Flotation is the ability of a snowshoe to limit how far your feet sink into snow.  The metal claw-like devices on the bottom of the snowshoes assist with traction when walking through compact snow, ice, and other slippery surfaces. Furthermore, the extra width and length of snowshoes can help maintain balance and help to eliminate the potential for strains/sprains of the ankle.

Scope:

Employees working in Northern areas, or other areas that receive significant amounts of snowfall should use snowshoes when walking great distances for an extended period of time, or when snow depth exceeds the knee.

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