There’s a lot to keep in mind when implementing best practices for your snow and ice removal business. Making sure safety measures are covered, operating in a cost effective manner and maintaining a reliable communication plan are just a few things to consider. Below you’ll find a list of 7 key components to managing your snow and ice removal operations:
Safety, liability and risk management
A vital component of snow and ice removal is to have an action plan that includes solid, verifiable insurance liability coverage. A basic plan should include items such as safe snow stacking practices, steps to prevent refreezing after melting, safety and training instruction, a pathway clearing process and knowledge of how salt impacts the surface.
Estimating, planning and cost effectiveness
There are a few things to consider when planning and estimating cost, and maintaining cost effectiveness for your business: overall preparation and equipment investment, level of difficulty of a property, staffing (recruiting, retaining and managing reliable employees) and safety, both for employees and the general public.
Execution and responsiveness
To be prepared for snow removal season, it’s important to allocate the proper resources related to the timing of services. Maintaining a substantial inventory of a variety of ice-removal products as well as ensuring ample staffing during high-volume months are both key components to being prepared.
Quality of service
To guarantee you’re providing the highest quality of service to your customers, identify snow removal areas of priority ahead of time, such as fire hydrants or handicapped-accessible areas. A site inspection and clear internal role responsibilities can help ensure your company is providing the best services to your customers.
Communication, documentation, and verification
When a winter storm hits, you often have more than one property to maintain. A clear communication plan can help keep employees informed of planned response and any changes or issues that may arise. Documenting and tracking your snow removal process should also be done through work completion logs or an electronic reporting system.
Certification and standards of education
To stay up-to-date on the latest snow removal equipment, safety standards, ice removal products, repair information and more, continuing education and training opportunities can be beneficial for those managing your snow and ice removal procedures.
Expertise and professionalism
Experience in the field is always helpful when communicating expertise. Other best practices include thorough recordkeeping of services including work logs and agreed-upon contracts as well as maintaining up-to-date insurance for snow-removal operations.
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These are just a few methods to remember when implementing best practices for your business. For more tips and tricks on snow and ice removal safety, equipment, products and more, contact Semi Service online or give us a call at (800) 442-6687 to get started!
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