Health and safety: adverse weather conditions

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision provides a reminder to businesses to ensure that they have a clear adverse weather policy in place and that employees are kept as up-to-date as possible regarding any altered working arrangements during periods of adverse weather.

The EAT allowed an appeal against an employment tribunal’s decision that a group of prison officers who refused to be transported by their employer via a closed road during adverse weather conditions did not have a reasonable belief that there was serious and imminent danger. The tribunal had found that it was not open to the officers to maintain they had a reasonable belief in the danger of the situation after witnessing many of their colleagues make the journey without issue.