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Table of Contents
15.0 Snowmobiles
15.1 Risks and Hazards
15.2 Responsibilities (Due Diligence) Regarding Snowmobiles
15.3 Safe Operating Guidelines for Snowmobiles
15.4 Equipment Lists for Snowmobiles
15.5 Inspections, Maintenance and Fuelling Guidelines
   15.5.1 Inspections
   15.5.2 Maintenance
   15.5.3 Fuelling Procedures
15.6 Training for Snowmobile Operators
15.7 Safety Precautions for Snowmobiles
15.8 Safe Riding Skills
   15.8.1 Riding Positions
   15.8.2 Visibility and Light Conditions
   15.8.3 Towing
   15.8.4 Transporting Snowmobiles
15.9 Safe Riding Strategies
   15.9.1 Weather and Terrain Tips
   15.9.2 Retrieving a Snowmobile
   15.9.3 Hazards on Land
15.10 Working on Ice
   15.10.1 Risks and Hazards
   15.10.2 Ice Terminology and Features
   15.10.3 Hazards Related to Ice
   15.10.5 Planning and Preparation for Working on Ice
      15.10.5.1 Guidelines for Testing and Assessing Safe Ice Thickness
      15.10.5.2 Guidelines for Testing Ice Thickness on Foot
      15.10.5.3 Guidelines for Safe Snowmobile Ice Crossings
15.11 Cold Water Immersion Hypothermia  Falling Through Ice
15.12 Resources 

Introduction

Snowmobiles are commonly used in extremely adverse weather conditions with sub-zero temperatures; therefore, employee safety relies heavily on their dependability. Snowmobiles should be kept in good operating condition and be equipped with emergency supplies. For this reason, it may be advisable for companies to consider leasing new snowmobiles each season rather than purchasing them and attempting to maintain them over several years.

Definition
Snowmobiles (snow machine, sled, skidoo) are part of a specialized class of all-terrain vehicles; they are powered by a two or a four stroke gasoline engine and move on a continuous rotating track and skis.