The recent weather conditions have thrown up some interesting questions regarding liability, especially when it comes to clearing snow and ice from surgery pathways and car parks.
The Occupiers Liability Act 1957, section 2 states that:
"The common duty of care is a duty to take such care as in all the circumstances of the case is reasonable to see that the visitor will be reasonably safe in using the premises for the purpose for which he is invited or permitted by the occupier to be there".
The practice has taken reasonable and practical measures for safe means of access:
1. Keep a supply of salt/grit readily available
2. Train staff to properly assess and distribute the salt/grit
3. Ensure paths and access points are effectively/suitably illuminated
4. In times of inclement weather (eg. snow, ice), high visibility signs should be displayed to warn of potential hazards under foot
5. Ensure that areas cleared of snow/ice are then further treated by the application of salt/grit