This Workplace Transport Safety online course works through a series of essential principles that anyone who operates a vehicle for work purposes must understand. It also looks at tips for implementing these principles.
Workplace Transport includes onsite road-going vehicles, as well as any vehicle used on site such as forklift trucks, side loaders and reach trucks. Each year, these types of vehicles are responsible for around 10% of non-fatal injuries and nearly 20% of fatal injuries.
This course is designed to help employers meet their legal duties to provide adequate health and safety training, as well as protect everyone on site from the risks of workplace transport.
Workplace Transport Safety – General Induction for all Drivers
This Workplace Transport Safety course comprises the following sections:
- What is workplace transport?
- Principle 1: Make sure you are fit and competent
- Principle 2: Observe site rules and maintain a safe site
- Principle 3: Make sure the vehicle is suitable & safe
- Principle 4: Operate the vehicle safely
- Principle 5: Watch out for pedestrians
- Workplace transport safety tips
By taking this e-Learning course, trainees will have a greater awareness of:
- Nature of the hazard workplace transport hazards
- Safety principles for workplace transport activities
- Workplace transport safety tips to undertake transport operation safely
Why Workplace Transport Safety is Vital
Every year nearly 5,000 accidents involving workplace transport are reported, and around 50 of these result in people being killed, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The root causes of these workplace transportation accidents are people falling off vehicles or being hit or crushed by them.
Employers have a legal, moral and financial duty to protect the health and safety of anyone that may be affected by workplace transport on their site.
- IIRSM approved content and certification
- Ensures compliance with the relative health and safety legislation
- Helps reduce workplace transportation accidents on-site
- Helps achieve transport operation safely
- Interactive and engaging presentation style
- Short quizzes to help retention
|Study length||25+ minutes|
|Approval body||IIRSM approved|
|Target audience||All staff members – awareness|
|Format||One interactive module with an end of course test|
|Assessment||Online multiple-choice test|
|Certification||Online certificate issued immediately on course completion|
|Course validity duration||3 years|
Frequently Asked Questions
Workplace transport safety is any activity that involves the use of vehicles in the workplace, including vehicles loaded or unloaded on a public road adjacent to a workplace.
To manage workplace transportation efficiently, there are three key areas to consider when undertaking risk assessments:
- Safe site – involving proper workplace design and safe activities
- Safe vehicle – vehicles used in the workplace should be appropriate for the purpose they are used for
- Safe driver – the driver must be competent enough to operate the vehicle safely and receive adequate information, guidance and training for the safe use of the vehicle
The four major kinds of accidents that involve workplace transportation are:
- People being struck by or run over by a moving vehicle
- People falling off a vehicle
- People being injured as a result of vehicles overturning
- People being struck by parts of loads falling from vehicles
Employers can improve workplace transportation safety in the following ways:
- Conduct suitable risk assessments – undertaking a sufficient risk assessment will help employers analyse how people could get hurt. It also helps them examine how individuals could get run over or struck by vehicles, fall out of them or how vehicles could overturn.
- Ensure their staff are fully trained – having adequate training in place will help to ensure everyone is fully competent and receive vital information and guidance to ensure workplace safety.
- Keep a close eye on accidents and near misses – Analysing near misses regularly helps prevent future accidents. Adapting your risk assessment to reflect these changes is equally vital.
- Develop a comprehensive workplace traffic management plan – Proper planning can help control and minimise workplace transport-related accidents. It helps employers implement vital controls to maximise speed limits and other vehicle-related activities to operate them safely.
There are a variety of principles that are vital to protecting the health and safety in respect to workplace transport. Below are five principles that we found particularly essential:
Principle 1: Make sure you are fit and competent to operate the vehicle. Do not operate a vehicle if you are not appropriately trained, licenced and in sufficient physical health.
Principle 2: Observe the site rules and maintain a safe site. Observe the displayed signs, notices and obey speed limits.
Principle 3: Make sure the vehicle is suitable and in a safe condition. Conduct vehicle pre-use checks and regular inspections.
Principle 4: Operate the vehicle safely. Follow any instruction provided and only use the vehicle as intended.
Principle 5: Watch out for pedestrians. Keep a close eye on pedestrians to control and reduce chances of accidents.
Human Focus offers the following courses under the workplace transport toolkit: