Snow Clearance Planning

Snow clearance with an external contractor starts with a snow clearance plan. Your snow clearance plan must be well communicated with key performance indicators (KPIs) drawn up to ensure that you know precisely what is expected. A belt and braces approach to proactively managing the winter maintenance plan will minimize your business risk.

“... From your quote which was very detailed, updates on the job to job completion, all was excellent!”

FM Services Manager

Key Snow Clearance Planning Tips:

  • Decide who will oversee the plan
  • Assign special tasks to individual team members
  • Identify site areas that could become hazardous in severe weather conditions
  • Detail the exact areas that need to be cleared, as well as when and how
  • Ensure that snow and ice clearance equipment is regularly maintained
  • Ensure that the site is supplied with sufficient salt, grit bins and clearance equipment for a prolonged winter season
  • Agree on a clear process for dealing with problems/issues

Outsourcing Your Snow Clearance

The majority of facilities managers choose to outsource their gritting and snow clearance services. An outsourced snow clearance service can provide better access to well-trained staff, along with the latest knowledge and innovation, bringing improved service quality and the reassurance that full compliance is being achieved.

In certain sectors, such as healthcare, transport and utilities, there is usually a requirement for the facilities to be accessed safely and securely around-the-clock, whatever the weather, and these require a high specification service. Snow clearance services need to be available throughout the day, in addition to a pre-emptive service, to ensure all the facilities remain accessible at all times.

Selecting Your Snow Clearance Contractor

  • Demand that they provide a service guarantee, service notifications, relevant reports and invoice details:
  • Choose a snow clearance contractor that owns equipment for service consistency
  • Check that the snow clearance contractor receives daily forecasts for road surface temperature (RST), not air temperature
  • Use a snow clearance contractor that uses weather data from a reputable source
  • Agree the automatic trigger for sites to be serviced to limit scope for human error
  • Use a snow clearance contractor that provides real-time data for job reporting and monitoring to increase transparency
  • Choose a snow clearance contractor with ISO accreditations for credibility
  • Ask your prospective snow clearance contractor for client references
  • Choose a snow clearance contractor that provides high quality training for operators
  • Ensure that you have out of hours contact details for key operators
  • Request one point of contact for the day-to- day contract management and ensure that there is an escalation process to cover service issues
  • Check that the snow clearance company has appropriate liability and protection and insurances in place and that the service includes the provision of necessary evidence of reasonable precaution to support litigation claims

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