Workplace Transport

Workplace transport

What are the risks from transport in your workplace?

Every year about 70 people are killed and about 2500 seriously injured in accidents involving vehicles at the workplace. Being struck or run over by moving vehicles, falling from vehicles, or vehicles overturning are the most common causes. Vehicles operating in the workplace include cars and vans, lift trucks, heavy goods vehicles, dumpers, specialised vehicles or plant. Often there is significantly more danger from vehicles in the workplace than on the public highway since the operating conditions are different.

Do you have vehicles in operation at your workplace? If so what kinds of vehicles are they?
Are pedestrians separated from vehicle movements as much as possible?
Are traffic routes suitable for the vehicles which have to use them? Are they clearly marked?
Do you know who is allowed to drive or operate the vehicles? They should be trained and competent.
Are loading and unloading operations carried out safely?
Do you actively control driving behaviour?
Are all vehicles properly maintained?

What law applies?

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

Pressure systems

Do you know the risks associated with pressure systems?

Pressure cookers, boilers, steam heating systems, gas cylinders and air compressors are common examples of equipment and systems containing a fluid under pressure. They can cause death or injury to people, and serious damage to property, if the contents are released unintentionally. There are about 150 incidents of this kind every year. They mainly happen when equipment fails through poor design, incorrect filling or maintenance or when the method of work is unsafe, or someone makes an operating mistake.

Do you have any pressure systems or equipment in your business that contain a fluid under pressure?
Do you know that most pressure systems have to be designed, installed, maintained and periodically examined so as to prevent danger?
Are you aware that as an employer or selfemployed person, it’s your job to choose a competent person to carry out examinations of the pressure systems?

What law applies?

Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000
Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure EquipmentRegulations 2007

Fire and explosion

Do you know how to prevent fire or explosion?

Each year many people suffer burns caused by the flammable materials they work with. The wide variety of flammable substances found in the workplace ranges from the obvious, eg heating fuel, petrol, paint thinners and welding gases to the less obvious, eg packaging materials, dusts from wood, flour and sugar. For a fire to start, fuel, air and a source of ignition are needed. Controlling these can prevent fires. If you would like information on fire exits, alarms, or extinguishers, please CONTACT us.

Do you keep or use flammable substances?
Do you use or store gas in cylinders (eg propane)? A small amount of released gas can fill a large area with a potentially explosive mixture.
Do you work with flammable dusts? They can explode.
Do you work with plastic foams or polyester wadding? Some types will ignite easily, burn fiercely and give off dense black smoke.
Do you spray flammable paints? Vapours are heavier than air and collect at low level.
Do you know the dangers of putting flammable liquids on fires to make them burn more intensely?
Do you use oxygen, eg in cylinders, for welding?
Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (came into force 1 October 2006)


Do you know where harmful radiation occurs?

Various kinds of radiation, both ionising and nonionising, may affect us. Nonionising radiation:

UV radiation (eg from the sun) can damage the skin and lead to skin cancer;
lasers can cause burns and damage the eye.

Ionising radiation:

naturally occurring radon gas from the ground;
radiography or thickness measuring gauges;
medical equipment, eg Xray sets.

Excess doses of ionising radiation can cause burns, sickness and can have other adverse health effects.

Do people in your business spend a lot of time working outdoors?
Do you have equipment which gives off ultraviolet radiation, eg for curing plastics or inks?
Do you work with lasers?
Is your business in an area where levels of radon are higher than average?
Are any radioactive sources used in your business brought in by a specialist contractor, or do you transport them?

What law applies?

Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999