Winter working – how can I keep my site clear of snow and ice?

As the cold weather hits, many principle contractors are considering how to clear snow on their sites so that they can carry on working through the winter months. Your site’s planning consent may, however, only allow mechanical snow clearance and this may not be practical.

In this situation it is be worth approaching the Planning Authority in question, as they may grant permission to use other means of snow clearance if consultation is undertaken with SEPA. To allow SEPA to consider your snow clearance proposal, a plan should be produced which assesses each area of your site in terms of snow and ice.

Some sections of road may simply require application of a grit to ‘rough up’ any compacted snow and ice to give better tyre traction. Roads which are steeper may require a salt/grit mix to melt snow and ice so that vehicles can pass safely. These sections should be identified on your snow clearance proposal with any nearby constraints, such as watercourses and GWDTEs, identified. You should include details on how any potential impacts on these constraints could be mitigated, bearing in mind that water quality monitoring may be required both up and downstream.

If salt is included in your mix, SEPA will need to see the data sheet of the product proposed to check it does not contain cyanide, arsenic, urea, or anything else which may cause environmental harm. They are also likely to request details of the frequency of spreading and volumes of salt proposed, to make their consideration. If permission is granted, there may be stipulations, such as avoiding spreading within one metre of the road verge.

If you need help producing a snow clearance proposal, or need any other advice on winter working, please contact us at Naturally Compliant for more information.