Businesses are being urged to stock up on de-icing salt in preparation for the winter months, to ensure they avoid inferior products that may not effectively melt ice and snow.
Workplaces, organisations and companies relying on maintaining good access to their sites should pre-empt bad weather and ensure they have a good supply of effective salt before snow or ice hits, as rushing to order once inclement conditions arrive may force them to buy inferior, last-minute products.
Salt for de-icing purposes should meet regulations ensuring that it contains less than 4% moisture, and can be spread effectively. The main salt products are either white or brown rock salt, with the former leaving no residue, and the latter containing mudstone, which makes it more suitable for larger areas.
Lee Wright, group sales and marketing director at workplace equipment supplier Slingsby, which operates a purpose-built salt plant, said: "Every year workplaces are caught out because they wait until bad weather hits before thinking about their salt stocks and then find themselves in an inevitable rush to buy it. It's worth remembering that salt is easy to store and keeps for a long time so it makes sense to stock up with it early."
Established in Bradford in 1893, the still-family-run Slingsby also supplies more than 35,000 workplace products including winter items such as snow shovels and grit bins. Its salt distribution and bagging plant opened in 2011, allowing it to offer next day delivery throughout the UK.