Guides are available on safety issues arising from this winter's extreme cold weather

After what has seemed to be the longest, coldest, snowiest winter on record, extreme weather is still causing problems all over Scotland. Roads are closed, houses are still without power and the everyday dangers of snow and ice have seen cars stranded, people slipping and injuring themselves and many simply unable to return to their homes.

For health and safety officers, extreme weather causes all sorts of issues, that aren't generally faced day to day. Decisions have to be made that involve weighing up risk and ensuring business continues as close to normality as possible.

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